Today is Thursday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2013. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 14, 1963, Federico Fellini's art-house classic "8½," a movie about a movie director played by Marcello Mastroianni, was first released in Italy.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Flames enveloped a large double garage at Bishop Fuel Company on Cayuga Street, Sayre, yesterday afternoon, demolishing the structure which had housed trucks for the company business and a full maintenance section.

Dr. Lester Friedlander, head inspection veterinarian at Taylor Packing Company in Wyalusing, traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to receive an award from the USDA for his participation in the USDA veterinarian training program, which he has been a member of for three years.

The Towanda Scholarship Challenge team beat Sayre by 60 points with a final score of 100-160 at yesterday's competition.

50 years ago - 1963

It may come as somewhat of a shock to the residents of South Waverly, Athens Township and the Town and County of Chemung, but according to information on file in Albany, these areas fall within the Waverly Village limits. This information was presented by Village Attorney William Donnelly at the Village Board meeting last night.

Celebrating his birthday today is John Spentzas, proprietor of the Community Grill in Towanda.

The Wyalusing Valley Joint School Board met at the high school recently. Ivan Waltman, Albany Township, was elected president and took office immediately.

75 years ago - 1938

Towanda High School's girls' rifle team, consisting of Marjorie Shores, Helen Lintern, Genevieve Fairchild, Esther Allen and Joan Law, recently defeated the boys' team in shoot on the Court Street range.

Celebrating her 77th birthday today is Mrs. G.C. Besley of Columbia Cross Roads, who was born the year that the Civil War began, arriving as a valentine to her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. S.S. VanNoy of West Burlington.

Bernard C. Wolfe, president of the First National Bank of Towanda, at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association held at the Americus Hotel in Allentown recently, was elected vice-chairman of Group No. 3, which comprises 12 counties in Northeastern Pa.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.

In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.

In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's Theatre in London.

In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. (It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.)

In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union as President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation.

In 1913, labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was born in Brazil, Ind.; college football coach Woody Hayes was born in Clifton, Ohio; sports broadcaster Mel Allen was born in Birmingham, Ala.

In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maud Wood Park.

In 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.

In 1949, Israel's Knesset convened for the first time.

In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous.

Today's Birthdays: TV personality Hugh Downs is 92. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 79. Actor Andrew Prine is 77. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 74. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 71. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 70. Movie director Alan Parker is 69. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 69. Former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is 66. TV personality Pat O'Brien is 65. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 65. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 62. Actor Ken Wahl is 56. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 54. Actress Meg Tilly is 53. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 53. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 52. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 50. Actor Zach Galligan is 49. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 49. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 47. Tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 46. Actor Simon Pegg is 43. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) is 41. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 41. Actor Matt Barr is 29. Actress Tiffany Thornton is 27. Actor Freddie Highmore is 21.

Thought for Today: "I am living on hope and faith ... a pretty good diet when the mind will receive them." - Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (1869-1935).