Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2013. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

At the regular meeting of Athens Borough Council last night, members voted to order surveys of the alleyways within the borough with the intent of possibly vacating them.

An "overwhelmed" Gene Paluzzi opened the borough council meeting held yesterday at the Snyder Elementary School when over 200 Valley CableVision subscribers ardently expressed their discontent with current policy regarding choice of programming and costs of services.

The Towanda School Board last night approved a settlement agreement in the retirement of Superintendent of Schools Thomas Holland.

50 years ago - 1963

Orton Mattocks, prominent Springfield Township dairy farmer, was presented the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. award for an outstanding soil conservation program on his farm.

The Troy High Trojans pulled a major upset last night on their home court when they defeated the Athens Bulldogs 38-37 in a game that was decided on Dick Calkins' foul shot with 14 seconds left to play.

LeVern Root of East Towanda, official Weather Observer for the Towanda area, said that the low temperature yesterday was -8 degrees.

75 years ago - 1938

Seen about the borough: A Mountain Lake woman seeing (and hearing) her first talking movie.

There will be a bee at the North Towanda Church tomorrow at 10 a.m. to clean the ashes out of the basement. The women will serve lunch at noon. All men that can are urged to come.

Secret meetings when sentinels were posted to warn of the approach of railroad officials were recalled yesterday as Lehigh Valley Railroad executives joined in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weaver Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers in Sayre.

Elsewhere on this date:

One year ago: President Barack Obama freed 10 states from some of the toughest requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law. The Pentagon formally opened thousands of jobs to women in units that were closer to the front lines than ever before. Former skiing champion Jill Kinmont Boothe, who became a painter and a teacher after she was paralyzed during a race and was the subject of a book and two Hollywood films, died in Carson City, Nev., at age 75.

Today's Birthdays: Television journalist Roger Mudd is 85. Actress Janet Suzman is 74. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (kyool) ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 72. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 71. Actor Joe Pesci is 70. Singer Barbara Lewis is 70. Author Alice Walker is 69. Actress Mia Farrow is 68. Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., is 67. Singer Joe Ely is 66. Actress Judith Light is 64. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 62. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 58. Former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe is 56.

Jazz musician Steve Wilson is 52. Country singer Travis Tritt is 50. Actress Julie Warner is 48. Country singer Danni Leigh is 43. Actor Jason George is 41. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 37. Rock singer Chad Wolf (Carolina Liar) is 37. Actor A.J. Buckley is 36. Rock musician Richard On (O.A.R.) is 34. Actress Ziyi Zhang is 34. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Irina Slutskaya is 34. Actor David Gallagher is 28. Actress Marina Malota is 25. Actress Camille Winbush is 23. Actor Jimmy Bennett is 17.

Thought for Today: "Modesty is the conscience of the body." - Honore de Balzac, French author and dramatist (1799-1850).