Today is Friday, March 15, the 74th day of 2013. There are 291 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 15, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

At the Sayre Borough Council meeting last night, the council approved a motion to submit the name of police Sgt. Robert Reed to the Civil Service as their recommendation for police chief.

A new policy adopted last night by the Towanda Area School District Board of Education states that "No teacher, administrator, officer, employee or agent of the school district shall use corporal punishment against a pupil."

The Towanda Area School Board at its meeting yesterday voted to send congratulatory letters to the winning members of the local district's Scholarship Challenge team. They are Fred Fulda, Chara Booker, Jill Gorman and Benjamin Fan.

50 years ago - 1963

Sullivan County will benefit greatly from two new industries coming to the area, David R. Smith Jr. of Pennsylvania Electric Co., Towanda, told the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce recently. He referred to the Masonite Corp., soon to build a plant across the river from Towanda, and to Procter and Gamble Co., which plans a factory at Mehoopany.

Karen Greenough has been named 1963 American Homemaker of Tomorrow candidate from Troy High School.

The ruins of the Sayre Motor Co. at 206 S. Keystone Ave., Sayre, were searched recently by Sgt. Michael Ryan, fire marshal of the Pennsylvania State Police from the Wyoming Barracks, without disclosing information concerning the cause of its recent $100,000 fire.

75 years ago - 1938

Two Bradford County teams, Sayre and Canton, competed in District 4 PIAA basketball games last night, Sayre losing to Coal Township at Williamsport 30-26 and Canton defeating Hughesville 42-24.

Seen about the borough: Those cute little bandana hankies that the girls are wearing around their heads these days in gypsy style in lieu of civilized millinery.

A wood novelty plant has been started at Powell, the equipment being installed in a building near the railroad station.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

In 1767, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was born in Waxhaw, S.C.

In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.

In 1919, members of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I convened in Paris for a three-day meeting to found the American Legion.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.

In 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical play "My Fair Lady," based on Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opened on Broadway.

In 1962, a chartered Flying Tiger Line airplane carrying 107 people, most of them U.S. Army personnel, disappeared while en route from Guam to the Philippines. "No Strings," Richard Rodgers' first musical following the death of longtime collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.

In 1964, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.

In 1970, Expo '70, promoting "Progress and Harmony for Mankind," opened in Osaka, Japan.

In 1972, "The Godfather," Francis Ford Coppola's epic gangster movie based on the Mario Puzo novel and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.

In 1985, the first Internet domain name,, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.

Today's Birthdays: Musician DJ Fontana is 82. Former astronaut Alan L. Bean is 81. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 80. Actor Judd Hirsch is 78. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 73. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 72. Singer-musician Sly Stone is 70. Singer-musician Howard Scott (War; Lowrider Band) is 67. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 66. Actor Craig Wasson is 59. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 58. Actress Park Overall is 56. Movie director Renny Harlin is 54. Model Fabio is 52. Singer Terence Trent D'Arby (AKA Sananda Maitreya) is 51. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rockwell is 49. Rock singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) is 45. Actress Kim Raver is 44. Rock musician Mark Hoppus is 41. Actress Eva Longoria is 38. Rapper-musician (Black Eyed Peas) is 38. Rock DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) is 36. Rapper Young Buck is 32. Actor Sean Biggerstaff is 30. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 30. Actress Caitlin Wachs is 24.

Thought for Today: "We're all in this together - by ourselves." - Lily Tomlin, American comedian.