Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 5, 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

About 100 individuals from the Canton and Troy areas prepared for the 1988 Christmas Musical Special, "Call His Name Jesus," sponsored by the Greater Canton Area Ministerium.

"Giving the Gift" was the theme for the annual Christmas elegance bazaar sponsored by the New Life Temple in Canton.

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored a decorating contest in the Valley.

50 years ago - 1963

The annual Christmas meeting of the Towanda Garden Club was held at Christ Episcopal Church.

The Eastern Star held a bazaar in the American Legion home in Troy.

The annual community tree-lighting ceremony was held at the village square.

75 years ago - 1938

At the regular meeting of Liberty Corners Grange, each of the present officers told what they aimed to accomplish over the past year and how far they succeeded.

Buddy Howe and his popular old time orchestra furnished the music for the regular monthly square and round dance at St. Basil's.

The Young Men's Bible class of the Methodist Sunday School held a pancake supper.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

In 1782, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y.; he was the first chief executive to be born after American independence.

In 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35.

In 1792, George Washington was re-elected president; John Adams was re-elected vice president.

In 1831, former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1848, President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.

In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.

In 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.

In 1979, feminist Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the Mormon Church because of her outspoken support for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

Ten years ago: The two makers of flu shots in the United States, Chiron and Aventis Pasteur, announced they had run out of vaccine and would not be able to meet a surge in demand. A federal judge in Utah threw out the case against two civic leaders accused of bribery in their efforts to bring the 2002 Winter Games to Salt Lake City.

Five years ago: A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 81. Author Joan Didion is 79. Opera singer Jose Carreras is 67. Pop singer Jim Messina is 66. College Football Hall of Famer Jim Plunkett is 66. World Golf Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins is 64. Actress Morgan Brittany is 62. Actor Brian Backer is 57. Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk is 56. Country singer Ty England is 50. Rock singer-musician John Rzeznik (REZ'-nihk) (The Goo Goo Dolls) is 48. Country singer Gary Allan is 46. Comedian-actress Margaret Cho is 45. Writer-director Morgan J. Freeman is 44. Actress Amy Acker is 37. Actor Nick Stahl is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keri Hilson is 31. Actor Frankie Muniz is 28. Actor Ross Bagley is 25.

Thought for Today: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney (born this date in 1901, died 1966).