Today is Sunday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2013. There are two days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 29, 1913, the first true "cliffhanger" movie serial, "The Adventures of Kathlyn," starring Kathlyn Williams, premiered.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

A special Towanda Borough Council meeting was held last night; the 1989 budget of $2,004,397 for running the municipality was approved.

The Towanda Black Knights used a 49-19 second half scoring advantage to beat the Sayre Redskins in an opening round game of the Valley Christmas Tournament.

The Waverly Board of Trustees will be signing a proposed consent decree to clean and cover the Town of Barton landfill, but they will be signing it under protest.

75 years ago - 1938

Woodhull's Old Tyne Masters WESG entertainers to perform in the Wyalusing High School auditorium.

The Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society held its December meeting at the home of Mrs. W. L Collins.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II.

In 1808, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, was born in Raleigh, N.C.

In 1812, during the War of 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution engaged and severely damaged the British frigate HMS Java off Brazil.

In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state.

In 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.

In 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called "Mad Monk" who'd wielded great influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg.

In 1934, Japan formally renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.

In 1940, during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as "The Second Great Fire of London."

Ten years ago: Monsignor Michael Courtney, Pope John Paul II's ambassador in Burundi (boo-ROON'-dee), was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen. Actor Earl Hindman (HYND'-man), who'd played the mostly unseen neighbor Wilson on "Home Improvement," died in Stamford, Conn., at age 61.

Five years ago: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer responded to impeachment charges, saying a vague array of charges and evidence did not merit removing his client from office.

One year ago: Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Inga Swenson is 81. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 77. Actor Jon Voight is 75. Actor Ted Danson is 66. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 54. Rock singer-musician Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) is 52. Actor Michael Cudlitz is 49. Actor Jason Gould is 47. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield is 46. Actress Jennifer Ehle is 44. Actor Kevin Weisman is 43. Actor Jude Law is 41. Actor Mekhi Phifer (mih-KY' FY'-fuhr) is 39. Actor Shawn Hatosy is 38. Actress Katherine Moennig is 36. Actor Diego Luna is 34. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 30. Actress Jane Levy (TV: "Suburgatory") is 24.

Thought for Today: "The wise man must be wise before, not after." - Epicharmus (eh-pih-KAHR'-muhs), Sicilian Greek comic poet (? - c.450 B.C.)