Today is Friday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2013. There are 74 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 18, 1962, James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were honored with the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Northeast Bradford Elementary students had the opportunity to examine some Civil War artifacts on display by the Bradford County Historical Society.

Five churches in Towanda participated in the annual Ecumenical Harvest Bazaar held in Patterson Hall of First United Presbyterian Church in Towanda.

The third annual holiday craft bazaar was held at Ridgebury Community Hall in Bentley

50 years ago - 1963

The Peace Corps offered a round of placement tests in Towanda.

Wyalusing residents were offered the Oral Polio Vaccine Type II at the high school.

The Towanda High School Band Boosters called a meeting in regards to the upcoming year.

75 years ago - 1938

The Halloween Committee for Towanda held a meeting in regards to the Halloween Carnival.

With hundreds of exhibits received and put on display the annual Farm Show of the Towanda Chamber of Commerce opened.

Twenty-two members of Troop 1, Boy Scouts, met in the basement of the Methodist church in Towanda for their regular gathering.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1685, King Louis XIV signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population, the Huguenots.

In 1812, during the War of 1812, the British ship HMS Frolic was captured off the Virginia coast by the crew of the USS Wasp, which was in turn captured by the HMS Poictiers.

In 1867, the United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.

In 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was officially opened (it could only handle one call at a time).

In 1912, black boxer Jack Johnson was arrested in Chicago, accused of violating the Mann Act because of his relationship with his white girlfriend, Lucille Cameron. (The case collapsed when Cameron refused to cooperate, but Johnson was later re-arrested and convicted on the testimony of a former mistress, Belle Schreiber.)

In 1922, the British Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (later the British Broadcasting Corp.) was founded.

In 1944, Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.

In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard M. Nixon's veto.

Today's Birthdays: Rock-and-roll performer Chuck Berry is 87. College and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Mike Ditka is 74. Gospel singer Vickie Winans is 60. Actor Vincent Spano is 51. Singer Nonchalant is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Ne-Yo is 34. Actor Tyler Posey is 22.