Today is Sunday, March 17, the 76th day of 2013. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 17, 1973, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm, a freed prisoner of the Vietnam War, was joyously greeted by his family on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base in California in a scene captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Slava Veder of The Associated Press.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Athens Area Education Association held an open meeting with the Athens Area School Board and the public last night to discuss the feasibility of continuing the study for consolidation of Athens and SRU high schools.

Information concerning the possible opening of the Clymar Landfill in Middletown Township was brought to Wyalusing by environmentalists and officials last night at a public meeting at the Wyalusing Elementary School.

At the March meeting of the Canton Borough Council, Dr. James Grue reported that the office next to the post office is now available for use by Canton Development/CBIA and that funding for a full-time staff person for one year is now possible.

75 years ago - 1938

Spring activities at the state airport in Towanda are under way. Trucks are bringing in the steel for a large hangar which will be constructed along the hard surfaced road across the flats.

A very marked improvement has been made in the American Store near the corner of State and Main streets. Harry Carrick, manager, said the official opening will be today.

Burgess C.S. Lilley announced last night that he has sold his laundry on Pine Street to the Horn & Horn Perfection Laundry of Sayre.

Elsewhere on this date:

In A.D. 461 (or A.D. 493, depending on sources), St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul.

In 1762, New York's first St. Patrick's Day parade took place.

In 1861, Victor Emmanuel II was proclaimed the first king of a united Italy.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt first likened crusading journalists to a man with "the muckrake in his hand" in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington.

In 1912, the Camp Fire Girls organization was incorporated in Washington, D.C., two years to the day after it was founded in Thetford, Vt. (The group is now known as Camp Fire USA.)

In 1943, the Taoiseach of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, delivered a radio speech about "The Ireland That We Dreamed Of."

In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, "californium."

In 1963, Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, an American, was beatified by Pope John XXIII. (She was canonized 12 years later by Pope Paul VI.)

In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.

In 1970, the United States cast its first veto in the U.N. Security Council. (The U.S. killed a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.)

In 1988, Avianca Flight 410, a Boeing 727, crashed after takeoff into a mountain in Colombia, killing all 143 people on board.

In 1993, Helen Hayes, the "First Lady of the American Theater," died in Nyack, N.Y., at age 92.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Gabriele Ferzetti is 88. Jazz/New Age musician Paul Horn is 83. The former NAACP national chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams, is 80. Former NASA astronaut Ken Mattingly is 77. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 72. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 70. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) is 69. Former National Security Agency Director and former CIA Director Michael Hayden is 68. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 67. Actor Patrick Duffy is 64. Actor Kurt Russell is 62. Country singer Susie Allanson is 61. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 59. Actor Mark Boone Jr. is 58. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 58. Actor Gary Sinise is 58. Actor Christian Clemenson is 55. Former basketball and baseball player Danny Ainge is 54. Actress Vicki Lewis is 53. Actor Casey Siemaszko is 52. Writer-director Rob Sitch is 51. Actor Rob Lowe is 49. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 46. Rock musician Van Conner (Screaming Trees) is 46. Actor Mathew St. Patrick is 45. Actor Yanic Truesdale is 44. Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur is 41. Soccer player Mia Hamm is 41. Rock musician Caroline Corr (The Corrs) is 40. Actress Amelia Heinle is 40. Actress Marisa Coughlan is 39. Rapper Swifty (D12) is 38. Actress Natalie Zea is 38. Actress Brittany Daniel is 37. Actress Eliza Hope Bennett is 21.

Thought for Today: "History is not life. But since only life makes history, the union of the two is obvious." - Louis D. Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941).