Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2013. There are 363 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The first newborn of 1988 was delivered at Towanda Memorial Hospital early New Year's morning. Martin J. and Anne Hudacs of Towanda were the proud parents of young Matthew Martin Hudacs, who weighed 8 lbs, 14 oz.

The Athens Bulldogs captured the championship of the Towanda Basketball Boosters Holiday Tournament recently with a 62-58 win over the Towanda Black Knights.

State police reported that four large plate glass windows and the door window in the front of the P and A Restaurant on Route 6, North Towanda Township, were broken in an incident of criminal mischief.

50 years ago - 1963

A $15 first place award was given to William Jennings Elliott of 6 Thomas St. in the annual Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by the Towanda Lions Club.

A tripleheader basketball bill for the benefit of the Wyalusing Valley High School Science Club will be played on the Wyalusing Valley basketball court tonight.

Celebrating her third birthday today is Laura Yvonne Hatch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hatch of Centerville.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1893, the U.S. Postal Service issued its first commemorative stamp to honor the World's Columbian Expedition and the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus' voyage.

In 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China.

In 1921, the play that coined the term "robot," ''R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Capek, was first performed in Czechoslovakia.

In 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.)

In 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

In 1959, the Soviet Union launched its space probe Luna 1, the first manmade object to fly past the moon, its apparent intended target.

In 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts launched his successful bid for the presidency.

In 1971, 66 people were killed in a pileup of spectators leaving a soccer match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles an hour. (Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995).

In 1981, police in Sheffield, England, arrested Peter Sutcliffe, who confessed to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the serial killer of 13 women.

In 1983, the musical play "Annie" closed on Broadway after a run of 2,377 performances.

In 2006, 12 miners died in a methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia, W.Va., but one miner, Randal McCloy Jr., was eventually rescued.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that his economic policies favored the rich, said the economic stimulus plan he was going to unveil the following week would focus on jobs and the unemployed. Sydney Omarr, the astrologer to the stars whose horoscopes appeared in more than 200 newspapers, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 76.

Five years ago: The Justice Department opened a full criminal investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes. (A special prosecutor later cleared the CIA's former top clandestine officer and others.) Pakistan pushed back parliamentary elections until Feb. 18, a six-week delay prompted by rioting that followed the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Oil prices soared to $100 a barrel for the first time. Late-night talk shows returned to the air two months into a writers strike. (David Letterman and Craig Ferguson had reached agreements to allow writers to work on their shows; Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel returned without theirs.)

One year ago: A gas pipeline in central Syria exploded; the government blamed "terrorists" while the opposition accused officials of playing on fears of religious extremism and terrorism to rally support behind President Bashar Assad. No. 3 Oklahoma State beat No. 4 Stanford 41-38 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl. No. 6 Oregon beat No. 9 Wisconsin 45-38 in the Rose Bowl.

Today's Birthdays: Country musician Harold Bradley is 87. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is 71. TV host Jack Hanna is 66. Actress Wendy Phillips is 61. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 52. Movie director Todd Haynes is 52. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher David Cone is 50. Actress Tia Carrere is 46. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 45. Model Christy Turlington is 44. Actor Taye Diggs is 42. Rock musician Scott Underwood is 42. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 38. Actor Dax Shepard is 38. Actress Paz Vega is 37. Country musician Chris Hartman is 35. Rock musician Jerry DePizzo Jr. (O.A.R.) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 32. Actress Kate Bosworth is 30. Jazz singer-musician Trombone Shorty is 27.

Thought for Today: "A clash of doctrines is not a disaster - it is an opportunity." - Alfred North Whitehead, English philosopher and mathematician (1861-1947).