Today is Saturday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2014. There are 354 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued "Smoking and Health," a report by an advisory committee which concluded that "cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Athens School Board members recently approved a three year contract with the Athens Area Educator's Association (AAEA) which will provide AAEA members with an 8.5 percent pay increase for the life of the contract.

Bill Stiles' "Mind Power to Success" presentation will highlight a meeting of the Bradford County International Management Council held at the Athens Township fire hall.

Valley Cities Gas Service is completing a survey in the Monroeton area to determine if there's sufficient interest among potential new customers to begin piping natural gas into this municipality.

50 years ago - 1964

Charles S. Savage, principal of SRU High School, announced that Merle E. Ayers is the 1964 winner of the Bausch and Lomb Science Award for his school.

The Silco store on Main Street which was damaged in the big fire of New Year's morning will definitely re-open after thorough inspection of the building.

Members of the Canton Music Club are actively preparing for the concert to be given by the Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force Band.

75 years ago - 1939

The second annual meeting of the Claverack Electric Co-operative Inc. which has its headquarters in Towanda was held in the courthouse recently with 75 members present.

For the week ending Dec. 31, applications for relief made to the Assistance Board in Bradford County totaled 62. The total number of persons on relief in this county was 2,513.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1759, the first American life insurance corporation, for "poor and distressed" Presbyterian ministers and their widows and children, was chartered in Philadelphia.

In 1861, Alabama became the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).

In 1913, the first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

In 1927, the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was proposed during a dinner of Hollywood luminaries at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.

In 1963, the Beatles' single "Please Please Me" (B side "Ask Me Why") was released in Britain by Parlophone.

In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In 1989, nine days before leaving the White House, President Ronald Reagan bade the nation farewell in a prime-time address, asserting he had forged "a satisfying new closeness" with the Soviet Union and saying overall of his eight years in office: "We meant to change a nation and instead we changed a world."

Five years ago: A passenger ferry sank in a storm off Indonesia's Sulawesi island, killing at least 230 people. The movie "Slumdog Millionaire" won four Golden Globes, including best drama; the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for "The Dark Knight" while Kate Winslet received two acting awards for "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader."

One year ago: President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met at the White House, where they agreed to speed up slightly the schedule for moving Afghanistan's security forces into the lead across the country. The government assured the public that Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" was safe to fly, even as it launched a review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and other recent incidents. Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, a suicide; he was 26.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Rod Taylor is 84. Actor Mitchell Ryan is 80. Actor Felix Silla is 77. Movie director Joel Zwick is 72. Country singer Naomi Judd is 68. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 62. Actress Phyllis Logan (TV: "Downton Abbey") is 58. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 56. Actress Kim Coles is 52. Contemporary Christian musician Jim Bryson (MercyMe) is 46. Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 46. Singer Mary J. Blige is 43. Musician Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) is 43. Actor Marc Blucas is 42. Actress Amanda Peet is 42. Actress Kristolyn Lloyd (TV: "The Bold and the Beautiful") is 29. Reality TV star Jason Wahler (TV: "Laguna Beach"; "The Hills") is 27.

Thought for Today: "For thy sake, tobacco, I/ Would do anything but die." - Charles Lamb, English essayist (1775-1834), in his 1805 poem "A Farewell to Tobacco."