Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 22, 1963, The Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Relocation of a section of Route 14 in Troy Township was the subject of a public meeting last night by PennDOT officials and if the response from that forum was a peek at what is ahead, it appears that construction will begin on this project in September of 1989.

Lynn Ayres, district justice-elect of Bradford County's Troy-based magisterial district, has received confirmation from the Minor Judiciary Board that he has successfully completed the state examination that is required before he can begin his official duties.

Members, friends and family of Cub Scout Pack 85 and Boy Scout Troop 85 Gillett gathered recently for the annual Blue and Gold Banquet and Pinewood Derby. First place went to Chuckie Oldroyd, second went to Ozzie Osgood and third to Robert Hofmann.

50 years ago - 1963

The FFA Area Farm Mechanics Contest was held at Towanda High School recently. The first three places in the contest were taken by Howard Chilson, Wayne Alexander and Albert Dunbar of the Towanda FFA chapter.

United Air Lines 100,000 Miler Plaque was presented to Canton resident Mrs. C. Arthur Bullock, president of the National Federation of Music Clubs, in recognition of her extensive air travel during the past four years.

Nancy MacIntyre of Towanda will serve as a model in a fashion show to be held at the Mark Twain Hotel in Elmira tomorrow.

75 years ago - 1938

Paul Shay, who has been in the barber business in Towanda for some years, has opened a shop in the new Kaufman block on Bridge Street, it was announced yesterday.

Waverly High School will not have a track team this year. Because baseball was so successful last year, when a great interest was aroused by the first Waverly High School baseball team in nine years, it was believed that the national pastime would become the major spring activity, overshadowing track to the extent that little interest would be created.

Competing against some of the best and largest preparatory and high school track and field teams in the East, the Sayre High School trackmen scored six points and placed seventh in the invitation interscholastic track meet in the drill hall, Cornell University, recently.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1312, Pope Clement V issued a papal bull ordering dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar.

In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.

In 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)

In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington, D.C.

In 1894, hockey's first Stanley Cup championship game was played; home team Montreal defeated Ottawa, 3-1.

In 1941, the Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state went into operation.

In 1958, movie producer Mike Todd, the husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three other people were killed in the crash of Todd's private plane near Grants, N.M.

In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of "The Flying Wallendas" high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In 1988, both houses of Congress overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act.

Today's Birthdays: USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 89. Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 83. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 83. Actor William Shatner is 82. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 79. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 78. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 72. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 70. Writer James Patterson is 66. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 65. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 65. Actress Fanny Ardant is 64. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 61. Country singer James House is 58. Actress Lena Olin is 58. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 56. Actor Matthew Modine is 54. Country musician Tim Beeler is 45. Actress Anne Dudek is 38. Actor Cole Hauser is 38. Actress Kellie Williams is 37. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 37. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 36. Rapper Mims is 32. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 23.

Thought for Today: "Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve." - Joseph Joubert, French moralist (1754-1824).