Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2013. There are 76 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy was informed by national security adviser McGeorge Bundy that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile held at the GTE Plant in Towanda was termed a "success."

Six Cub Scouts from Pack No. 3, Den No. 2 of Canton toured the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in North Towanda.

Delighted South Creek firefighters and fire company officials received a 10-year, 2 percent, low interest loan towards the purchase of their 2500-gallon tanker.

50 years ago - 1963

Towanda Aerie of Eagles No. 1362 was host to Scranton, Plymouth, Wilkes-Barre, Wyoming and Nanticoke Aeries at the second District No. 10 meeting.

John Goodyear, Canton's Rotary Exchange student from Australia, attended an Orientation Day program at Wilkes-Barre.

The annual Harvest supper and program for the benefit of Houghton College was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Burlington.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.

In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown's men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers ended up being captured; all were executed.)

In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the black educator sparked controversy.

In 1912, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, defeating the New York Giants in Game 8, 3-2 (Game 2 had ended in a tie on account of darkness).

In 1942, the ballet "Rodeo" (roh-DAY'-oh), with music by Aaron Copland and choreography by Agnes de Mille, premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1943, Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly officially opened the city's new subway system during a ceremony at the State and Madison street station.

In 1952, the Charles Chaplin film "Limelight" premiered in London.

In 1962, the New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 at Candlestick Park, 1-0.

In 1972, a twin-engine plane carrying U.S. House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, D-La., and U.S. Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, disappeared while flying over a remote region of Alaska; the aircraft was never found.

In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (voy-TEE'-wah) to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.

In 1987, a 58-1/2-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in an abandoned well.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 88. Sportscaster Tim McCarver is 72. Actress Martha Smith is 61. Rock musician Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 51. Actor Paul Sparks is 42. Actress Brea Grant is 32.