Today is Friday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2013. There are 347 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Jan. 18, 1943, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. The Soviets announced they'd broken through the long Nazi siege of Leningrad (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted). In the U.S., a ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread - aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts - went into effect.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Bradford County Manor took in some smoke - though no fire - from the burning of remnants of its barns yesterday and again last night.

Toboggan enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed a "fast descent" yesterday at the opening of the Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide in Sullivan County.

Towanda Middle School students who will be participating in the Junior High County Band are Sharon Wilson, April Button, Charlotte Chenot, Michael Chilson, Scott Newberry, Jenny Crowley and Bob Zalinski.

50 years ago - 1963

The current status of Sayre and Athens boroughs in obtaining a sewage system and treatment plant was placed before the Pennsylvania State Water Board at a recent hearing in Harrisburg, and the municipalities were told they were wise in trying to get both at once and jointly.

"In little more than two weeks, it will be as easy for Troy telephone subscribers to place long-distance calls to San Francisco as it is now to dial another Troy telephone," W.J. Isaac, district manager, Commonwealth Telephone Co., announced yesterday.

Ambrose and James Dunn, who comprise the contracting firm of Dunn Brothers, have purchased the original site of the Valley Lumber Yard in Towanda from the U.S. Government.

75 years ago - 1938

Some youngsters have fallen into the habit of sliding down the bank in the lawn of the Towanda Library and they are doing considerable damage to the bushes and shrubbery placed there for decoration. The librarian has appealed to the children to stop doing this.

Towanda residents invested their savings with the U.S. Treasury to the tune of $50,000 put into U.S. Savings Bonds in the 12 months ended last Aug. 31, it was recently reported.

A match between the boys and girls of the Towanda High School Rifle Club was held last night on the Court Street range. The boys won with a score of 458 to the girls' 427.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1778, English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the "Sandwich Islands."

In 1862, the tenth president of the United States, John Tyler, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71, shortly before he could take his seat as an elected member of the Confederate Congress.

In 1871, William I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor in Versailles (vehr-SY'), France.

In 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.

In 1913, entertainer Danny Kaye was born David Daniel Kaminsky in New York City.

In 1919, the Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending World War I, opened in Versailles, France.

In 1949, Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular mass swindles in history, died destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.

In 1957, a trio of B-52's completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.

In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, Mass., of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973.)

In 1970, David Oman McKay, the ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at the age of 96.

In 1988, a China Southwest Airlines Ilyushin 18 crashed while on approach to Chongqing Airport, killing all 108 people on board.

In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.

Ten years ago: Top U.N. officials warned Iraq it was running out of time to cooperate and avoid war. Protesters nationwide and overseas demonstrated in opposition to possible war in Iraq. Michelle Kwan won her sixth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships title and seventh overall; Michael Weiss won his third U.S. men's title at the competition in Dallas.

Five years ago: With recession fears rising and the stock market tumbling, President George W. Bush called for up to $150 billion in tax relief for consumers and business, saying there was no time to waste. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated George Clooney a U.N. "messenger of peace" to promote the world body's activities. Actress Lois Nettleton died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 80.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director John Boorman is 80. Former Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., is 75. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 72. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 60. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 58. Country singer Mark Collie is 57. Actress Jane Horrocks is 49. Comedian Dave Attell is 48. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 44. Rapper DJ Quik is 43. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 42. Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) is 40. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 40. Actor Derek Richardson is 37. Actor Jason Segel is 33. Actress Samantha Mumba is 30. Country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV: "American Idol") is 29.

Thought for Today: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it." - Danny Kaye (1913-1986).