Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2014. There are 357 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Towanda Borough Council approved the purchase of new sidearms for the police department. The council will pay $2,576 for the new stainless steel pistols, including the trade-in on the old weapons.

Evan S. Williams III has been designated at this year's recipient of the Principals Leadership Award from Troy High School.

Memorial Hospital announced that Marie House was Employee of the Month.

50 years ago - 1964

Miss Carol Barnes of Wysox has been elected the treasurer of the freshman class at Broome Technical Community College in Binghamton, N.Y.

The Board of County Auditors has organized for the year and started its work on the accounts of the various county officials for 1963.

With the closing of the Sayre office of the Railway Express Agency in July and the building of the new terminal in the town of Horseheads, Towanda area residents may expect much improved express service.

75 years ago - 1939

Russian Night will include a program of band music, card playing and other entertainment and refreshments to be held at the Towanda High School.

Spring Hill Dramatic Club will present four one-act plays at the State Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1790, President George Washington delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress in New York.

In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans - the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

In 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.

In 1989, 47 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England.

In 1994, Tonya Harding won the ladies' U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of the clubbing attack that had injured her right knee. (The U.S. Figure Skating Association later stripped Harding of the title.)

In 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six other people were killed, 12 others also injured. (Gunman Jared Lee Loughner (LAWF'-nur) was sentenced in Nov. 2012 to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after pleading guilty to 19 federal charges in the case.)

Ten years ago: A U.S. Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing all nine soldiers aboard. Libya agreed to compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.

Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama urged lawmakers to work with him "day and night, on weekends if necessary" to approve the largest taxpayer-funded stimulus ever. Obama named Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine the next Democratic National Committee chairman. The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza by a 14-0 vote, with the United States abstaining. No. 1 Florida beat No. 2 Oklahoma 24-14 for the BCS national title. Cornelia Wallace, former wife of Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died in Sebring, Fla. at age 69.

Today's Birthdays: Former Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh is 102. Actor Ron Moody is 90. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 81. Singer Shirley Bassey is 77. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 72. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 72. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 68. Rock singer David Bowie is 67. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 50. Actress Maria Pitillo (pih-TIHL'-loh) is 49. Actress Michelle Forbes is 49. Singer R. Kelly is 47. Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 45. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 41. Actress-rock singer Jenny Lewis is 38. Actress Amber Benson is 37. Singer-songwriter Erin McCarley is 35. Actress Rachel Nichols is 34. Rock musician Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo (dih-SAH'-shee LUHM'-uhm-boh kuh-SAHN'-goh) (Gym Class Heroes) is 31.

Thought for Today: "The devil is easy to identify. He appears when you're terribly tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant." - Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of New York City (1882-1947).