Today is Thursday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2013. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 3, 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who himself had been afflicted with the crippling disease.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Donna Strope of Strope Road, daughter of Don and Doris Strope, is 18 years old today. She is a senior at Troy High School.

With three players netting double figures the Canton Warriors captured the consolation game of the North Penn Basketball Tournament with a 50-46 win over the Williamson Tigers recently.

Thirty-year employees Elaine Arnold and Norma Jean Schmelzle were honored by the employees and directors of The First National Bank of Canton at their annual Christmas party, which was held recently at the Guthrie Inn, Sayre.

50 years ago - 1963

The Board of County Commissioners, at its first 1963 meeting yesterday, organized for the coming year by re-electing Gustav vonWolffradt of East Athens as chairman.

Robert F. Wanck of Second Street, Towanda, completed 25 years of service with DuPont Company on Dec. 31.

Romance was more brisk in Bradford County during 1962 than in 1961, judging by marriage license figures for those two years given yesterday by Mrs. Agnes Evans, register and recorder. During the past 12 months the marriage licenses issued in the county totaled 474, 63 more than last year.

75 years ago - 1938

Seen about the Borough: Local songsters fascinated by that new melody, "Connie Has Connections in Connecticut." A Bradford County slant on the same tune might be "Prunella has a Pop Way Up on Pisgah" or "Leora's Love's so Lonely at Leona."

Mr. and Mrs. Carter Jayne of West Auburn started for Sayre on New Year's Day, but the stork got such a big lead on them in the race that they stopped at the Mills Hospital in Towanda. There a son was born, the first baby of the new year at that institution.

At the suggestion of State Commander Horan of Philadelphia the VFW in Towanda is circulating a petition to keep the U.S. out of war.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.

In 1777, Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

In 1861, more than two weeks before Georgia seceded from the Union, the state militia seized Fort Pulaski at the order of Gov. Joseph E. Brown. The Delaware House and Senate voted to oppose secession from the Union.

In 1868, the Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan's emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns.

In 1911, the first postal savings banks were opened by the U.S. Post Office. (The banks were abolished in 1966.)

In 1949, in a pair of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court said that states had the right to ban closed shops.

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation.

In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.

In 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.

In 1980, conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free," was killed in northern Kenya by a former employee.

In 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission.

In 1993, President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the START II missile-reduction treaty in Moscow. (However, the agreement ultimately fell apart.)

Today's Birthdays: Record producer Sir George Martin is 87. Actor Robert Loggia is 83. Actor Dabney Coleman is 81. Journalist-author Betty Rollin is 77. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 74. Singer-songwriter-producer Van Dyke Parks is 70. Musician Stephen Stills is 68. Rock musician John Paul Jones is 67. Actress Victoria Principal is 63. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 57. Actress Shannon Sturges is 45. Jazz musician James Carter is 44. Contemporary Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is 41. Actor Jason Marsden is 38. Actress Danica McKellar is 38. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is 37. Singer Kimberley Locke ("American Idol") is 35. NFL quarterback Eli Manning is 32. Pop musician Mark Pontius (Foster the People) is 28. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lloyd is 27. Pop-rock musician Nash Overstreet (Hot Chelle Rae) is 27. Actor Alex D. Linz is 24.

Thought for Today: "If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher (1889-1951).