Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2013. There are 323 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 11, 1963, American author and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in her London flat, a suicide; she was 30.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Bradford County Commissioners gave unanimous approval to the 1988 amended budget yesterday, which sets county real estate tax millage at 25 mils and tax assessments at 25 percent of market value.

Twin Tier Management Corp., Sayre, the profit-making group of the Guthrie Medical Center, was given the nod to become the "clerk of the works" for the Bradford County Courthouse renovation project in a 2-1 vote approved yesterday by the commissioners.

The state Department of Transportation told Laceyville Borough officials there are no longer any plans for an exit lane on U.S. Route 6.

50 years ago - 1963

Celebrating his birthday today is Jay Morley of Athens, former county commissioner, former county highways superintendent and former Athens postmaster.

The first and second wards PTA will meet tonight at the Mulberry Street School. Robert Evans will speak on the proposed Vocational Technical Training School to be built for Bradford County and surrounding areas.

Three-hundred and ten people attended the 18th annual meeting of the Western Bradford Artificial Breeding Cooperative in the SRU High School cafeteria recently. The Booster Club served a roast beef dinner with the proceeds marked for new SRU band uniforms.

75 years ago - 1938

Towanda, it was definitely announced yesterday by Commissioner P.W. Foote, has been selected as headquarters for a troop of the State Motor Police.

In the annual speaking contest at Wyalusing yesterday Ruth Oakley was first among the girls and Donald Heath was first among the boys.

Miss Helen Kirwan of Towanda was greatly surprised yesterday when she received a telephone call from an editor of the Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia. The editor told her while he was on a fishing trip recently with several others off the coast of Florida a tanker passed and dropped several bottles overboard. One of the bottles was recovered and it was found to be addressed to Miss Kirwan.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: The Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. (Charges against one were later dropped; the trial of the other five has yet to take place.) Yahoo Inc. rejected Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid. Tom Lantos, a 14-term California congressman who was a forceful voice for human rights, died in Bethesda, Md., at age 80.

One year ago: Whitney Houston, 48, who'd ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was tarnished by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, was found dead in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mitt Romney eked out a narrow win in Maine's Republican caucuses.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Conrad Janis is 85. Actress Tina Louise is 79. Actor Burt Reynolds is 77. Songwriter Gerry Goffin is 74. Actor Sonny Landham is 72. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Clay is 71. Actor Philip Anglim is 61. Actress Catherine Hickland is 57. Rock musician David Uosikkinen (aw-SIHK'-keh-nihn) (The Hooters) is 57. Actress Carey Lowell is 52. Singer Sheryl Crow is 51.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is 49. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 44. Actor Damian Lewis is 42. Actress Marisa Petroro is 41. Singer D'Angelo is 39. Actor Brice Beckham is 37. Rock M-C/vocalist Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) is 36. Singer-actress Brandy is 34. Actor Matthew Lawrence is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelly Rowland is 32. Singer Aubrey O'Day is 29. Actress Q'orianka (kohr-ee-AHN'-kuh) Kilcher is 23. Actor Taylor Lautner is 21.

Thought for Today: "Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing." - Sylvia Plath (1932-1963).