Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2013. There are 313 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 21, 1613, Mikhail Romanov, 16, was unanimously chosen by Russia's national assembly to be czar, beginning a dynasty that would last three centuries.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Freeman Johnson Jr. of Towanda, an employee of the First National Bank of Bradford County, is celebrating a birthday today.

The board of directors of Citizens and Northern Bank has named Wilson Quiggle to assistant vice president, it was recently announced.

Guthrie Medical Center President Ralph H. Meyer recently announced the acquisition of the Dar-Way Nursing Home, located in Estella, Pa.

50 years ago - 1963

Today will mark the close of a 65-year history for Towanda's red-brick St. Agnes High School. When students return to school on Feb. 25, all 319 pupils will move into the new school which has been under construction for some months.

William J. Sjostrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. William Sjostrom of Sayre, is presently serving as second vice-chairman of the American Society of Tools and Manufacturing Engineers at Rochester Institute of Technology for the current academic year.

Celebrating her birthday today is Ruth M. Young of Towanda, state nurse.

75 years ago - 1938

H.F. Brister of LeRaysville brought to The Review office yesterday one newspaper 100 years old and another 109 years old. One of the papers was The Broome Republican, published in Binghamton Aug. 13, 1829, and the other was The Utica (N.Y.) Observer, published Nov. 13, 1838.

Two lakes have been declared unsuited to further stocking of fish under the classification system adopted by the State Fish Commission. Carl A. Bidelspacher, fish warden, announces that he has been instructed to exclude Eagles Mere, Sullivan County, and Lake Nepahwin, near Canton, from stocking schedules because in each instance, chemical treatment of the waters is considered injurious to fish life.

Celebrating his birthday tomorrow is Leo Griffin, the popular high school barber.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1513, Pope Julius II, who had commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, died nearly four months after the project was completed.

In 1862, Nathaniel Gordon became the first and only American slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. Piracy Law of 1820 as he was hanged in New York.

In 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated.

In 1912, the Great Fifth Ward Fire broke out in Houston, Texas; although property losses topped $3 million, no one was killed in the blaze.

In 1916, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in France as German forces attacked; the French were able to prevail after 10 months of fighting.

In 1925, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.

In 1945, during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazes with the loss of 318 men.

In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.

In 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.

In 1973, Israeli fighter planes shot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai Desert, killing all but five of the 113 people on board.

In 1986, Larry Wu-tai Chin, the first American found guilty of spying for China, killed himself in his Virginia jail cell.

Today's Birthdays: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is 89. Movie director Bob Rafelson is 80. Actor Gary Lockwood is 76. Actor-director Richard Beymer is 74. Actor Peter McEnery is 73. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is 73. Film/music company executive David Geffen is 70. Actor Alan Rickman is 67. Actress Tyne Daly is 67. Actor Anthony Daniels is 67. Tricia Nixon Cox is 67. Former Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is 66. Rock musician Jerry Harrison (The Heads) is 64. Actress Christine Ebersole is 60. Actor William Petersen is 60. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 58. Country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 55. Actor Jack Coleman is 55. Actor Christopher Atkins is 52. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 52. Actor William Baldwin is 50. Rock musician Michael Ward is 46. Actress Aunjanue Ellis is 44. Blues musician Corey Harris is 44. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 43. Rock musician Eric Wilson is 43. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 40. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 34. Singer Charlotte Church is 27. Actress Ashley Greene is 26. Actress Ellen Page is 26. Actor Corbin Bleu is 24.

Thought for Today: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right." - Henry Ford, American industrialist (1863-1947).