Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2013. There are 285 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 21, 1963, the Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates and closed at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Mark McNett, a resident of Sayre, won the Fifth Annual Ski For Heart tournament held recently at Ski Sawmill in Morris, Pa.

Celebrating his birthday today is Michael Peters of Towanda.

The Region 27 FBLA Leadership Conference was held recently at Towanda Area High School. Eight schools were in attendance with a total of 220 present including faculty, students and judges.

50 years ago - 1963

Recently, 30 senior commercial students of the Wyalusing Valley High School began a six-week period of on-the-job training in connection with office practice classes. The students are placed in area businesses and in offices within the school.

Celebrating his birthday today is Harold W. Harris of the Sylvania Corp.'s personnel department in Towanda, and veteran member of the Towanda Borough School Board, who is retiring from office at the end of this year.

An open house will be held this weekend to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Burnett Sr. of Bentley Creek.

75 years ago - 1938

Mrs. Josephine Harkins has been re-elected president of the Standing Stone Democratic Club.

Celebrating her birthday today is Miss Genevieve Osborne of Ulster, who teaches in the Doty Hill School.

The Bradford County Holstein Club, through its sales manager, Ben Ballard of Troy, has been receiving many requests for cattle from this county. Most of these requests call for cattle tested both for tuberculosis and Bang's disease.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1871, journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famous expedition in Africa to locate the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone.

In 1907, U.S. Marines arrived in Honduras to protect American lives and interests in the wake of political violence.

In 1944, Charles Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former protegee Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes. (Chaplin was acquitted, but later lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn't the father of Barry's child.)

In 1960, about 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired on black protesters.

In 1965, civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their third, successful march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

In 1972, the Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at least a year's residency for voting eligibility.

Today's Birthdays: Violinist-conductor Joseph Silverstein is 81. Actress Kathleen Widdoes is 74. Actress Marie-Christine Barrault is 69. Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 68. Actor Timothy Dalton is 67. Singer Eddie Money is 64. Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 63. Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) is 62. Comedy writer-performer Brad Hall is 55. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 55. Actor Gary Oldman is 55. Actor Matthew Broderick is 51. Comedian-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is 51. Rock musician Jonas "Joker" Berggren (Ace of Base) is 46. Rock MC Maxim (Prodigy) is 46. Rock musician Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) is 45. Hip-hop DJ Premier (Gang Starr) is 44. Actress Laura Allen is 39. Rapper-TV personality Kevin Federline is 35.

Thought for Today: "History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened." - Ernest Albert Hooten, American anthropologist (1887-1954).