Today is Monday, March 18, the 77th day of 2013. There are 288 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled unanimously that state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire an attorney on their own.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The new P&C on Elmira Street opened yesterday with a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ray and Roy Bolton, and Cora Williams, all of LeRaysville, are celebrating birthdays today.

Athens wrestler Eric Knolles probably pulled off the biggest opening round upset in Hershey yesterday at the 51st Annual PIAA Wrestling Championship as he knocked off defending state champion Kyle Cheza and joined Wyalusing's Gary Otis in today's quarterfinal round.

50 years ago - 1963

Ice started going out of the Susquehanna River between Towanda and Wysox on March 16 and went into a terrific jam at the Wysox bridge. In the space of a few minutes ice was piled up almost to the floor of the span on the Wysox end and there were great mounds both above and below the bridge.

The Towanda Girls' Athletic Club basketball team again won the championship at the annual Basketball Sports Day.

Celebrating his birthday today is Gerald W. Vickery, well-known Troy mortician and candidate for re-election as coroner of Bradford County. Also celebrating his birthday today is Clayton M. Maryott, well-known Towanda mortician.

75 years ago - 1938

John J.P. Dunn of Wilkes-Barre, administrative assistant to the State Administrator for WPA in Pennsylvania was the principal speaker last night at the first Irish-American banquet of the Towanda Council Knights of Columbus at the Ward House. About 100 were in attendance.

Ralph Funk, proprietor of Towanda's Restaurant, gave the night force at The Daily Review a real St. Patrick's Day treat last evening. He served the whole crowd with plates of steak, roasted potatoes and green pickled eggs topped off with a real shamrock for decoration.

Shaw's Restaurant in Towanda had a distinguished diner recently in the person of H. Schafhausen, General consulate general, Ottawa, Canada.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.

In 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.

In 1980, Frank Gotti, the 12-year-old youngest son of mobster John Gotti, was struck and killed by a car driven by John Favara, a neighbor in Queens, N.Y. (The following July, Favara vanished, the apparent victim of a gang hit.)

Today's Birthdays: Composer John Kander is 86. Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk is 77. Country singer Charley Pride is 75. Actor Kevin Dobson is 70. Actor Brad Dourif is 63. Jazz musician Bill Frisell is 62. Singer Irene Cara is 54. Movie writer-director Luc Besson is 54. Actor Geoffrey Owens is 52. Actor Thomas Ian Griffith is 51. Singer-songwriter James McMurtry is 51. Singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams is 50. Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair is 49. Country musician Scott Saunders is 49. Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) is 47. Rock singer-musician Miki Berenyi is 46. Rapper-actress-talk show host Queen Latifah is 43. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is 41. Actor-comedian Dane Cook is 41. Rock musician Stuart Zender is 39. Singers Jaron and Evan Lowenstein are 39. Actress-singer-dancer Sutton Foster (TV: "Bunheads") is 38. Singer Devin Lima (LFO) is 36. Rock singer Adam Levine (Maroon 5) is 34. Rock musician Daren Taylor (Airborne Toxic Event) is 33. Olympic gold medal figure skater Alexei Yagudin is 33. Actor Adam Pally is 31. Actress-dancer Julia Goldani Telles (TV: "Bunheads") is 18.

Thought for Today: "Liberty is from God, liberties from the devil." - Old German proverb.