Today is Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2013. There are 17 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 14, 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Members of the Wysox Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 321 are entering a model of their Girl Scout Camp in a competition sponsored by the Morton Salt Company. Among the members who worked on the project are Mary Phillipi, Lyndsey Bowen, Beth Alexander, Tamera White and Kristie Potter.

There is a full dress rehearsal planned for the Sunday School Christmas program at the Towanda United Methodist Church.

The Athens Bulldogs, led by a 54-second pin by Dave Keysaw at 145 pounds, beat the Sayre Redskins 46-15 in local wrestling action.

50 years ago - 1963

Mrs. Harry Benjamin of Monroeton has five puppies to give away. They will be 6 weeks old by Christmas. Their mother is a border collie.

Betty Jane Mack of South Main Street in Towanda killed a 7-point buck on Kellogg Mountain.

The Spingfield PTA will meet tonight at the Spingfield School. Christmas music will be played on the Hammond Organ by Gaylord Fay.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.

In 1861, Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died at Windsor Castle at age 42.

In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (ROH'-ahl AH'-mun-suhn) and his team became the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out a British expedition led by Robert F. Scott.

In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan concluded their third and final moonwalk and blasted off for their rendezvous with the command module.

In 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.

Ten years ago: A weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was displayed on television screens worldwide, a day after his capture by American troops.

Five years ago: An Iraqi journalist hurled each of his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad; Bush ducked the flying footwear as they whizzed past his head and landed against the wall behind him. (The shoe-thrower, Muntadhar al-Zeidi (MOON'-tuh-dahr ahl-zay-EE'-dee), ended up spending nine months in prison.)

One year ago: A gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then committed suicide as police arrived. Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza had fatally shot his mother at their home before carrying out the attack on the school.

Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Clark Terry is 93. Singer-actress Abbe Lane is 82. Actor Hal Williams is 79. Actress Patty Duke is 67. Rock singer-musician Mike Scott (The Waterboys) is 55. Actress Natascha McElhone is 44. Actress-comedian Michaela Watkins is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 38. Actress KaDee Strickland is 38. Actress Vanessa Hudgens is 25.

Thought for Today: "You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories." - Stanislaw J. Lec, Polish author (1909-1966).