Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 6, 1957, America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose only about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing back down and exploding.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The members of the Towanda School District Board of Education were excited to hire Dr. Betty Cox as the new superintendent of schools.

Angie Pedro of the Sullivan County Commissioners Office and Sullivan County Sheriff Debbie Hoover spruced up the courthouse Christmas tree.

Sayre Borough Council voted 4-2 with one absentee to approve its proposed $1.8 million budget, however, Mayor Nicholas Chacona promised to veto the spending plan.

50 years ago - 1963

Duane Norman of Liberty, Pa., who financed his freshman year at Pennsylvania State University with profits from his 14 years of 4-H Club projects, was named a national 4-H achievement winner.

The White Ash Land Association reelected George Hatton of Mildred as president at its annual meeting.

The Towanda unit of the American Legion Auxiliary held its annual Christmas bake sale.

75 years ago - 1938

Conferees of the Towanda Fire Department made nominations for officers for 1939.

The series of special meetings that were held at the Presbyterian church in Wysox were resumed.

Troop 2 Boy Scouts met at the Presbyterian church.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.

In 1884, Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument by setting an aluminum capstone atop the obelisk.

In 1889, Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans.

In 1947, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.

In 1973, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Helen Cornelius is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 67. Actor Wil Shriner is 60. Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 57. Rock musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 52. Rock musician Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 43. Actress Colleen Haskell is 37. Actress Ashley Madekwe is 32. Christian rock musician Jacob Chesnut (Rush of Fools) is 24.

Thought for Today: "Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." - William Butler Yeats, Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet (1865-1939).