Today is Wednesday, March 27, the 86th day of 2013. There are 279 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 27, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted present-day Florida.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

In recognition of outstanding humanitarian service, the late Frank Bialek of Towanda has received the Melvin Jones Fellowship from Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Top award winners at the Canton All Sports Program last night were Leslie Ward, Linda Moisi, Cathy Sechrist and Gary Gleckner. Moisi and Gleckner won the National Scholar Athlete Award, Ward and Sechrist won the Lettermen's Club Trophy and Boyer won the Robert McWilliams Trophy.

Students from 18 regional schools recently competed in the Junior Engineers Technical Society Team tests at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus in Lehman. Bryan Manahan of Wyalusing was an individual winner in chemistry.

50 years ago - 1963

Celebrating his birthday today is barber Paul Shay of Towanda.

Gary Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Green of Neath and a freshman at Pennsylvania State University, is pending his spring vacation on tour with the Glee Club.

Ted Wood started drilling a well for Mr. and Mrs. Elden York of Columbia Cross Roads recently.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1625, Charles I acceded to the English throne upon the death of James I.

In 1794, Congress approved "An Act to provide a Naval Armament" of six armed ships.

In 1836, the first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio.

In 1912, first lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of Japan's ambassador to the United States, Viscountess Chinda, planted the first two of 3,000 cherry trees given as a gift by the mayor of Tokyo.

In 1933, Japan officially withdrew from the League of Nations.

In 1942, American servicemen were granted free mailing privileges.

In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.

In 1964, Alaska was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunamis that killed about 130 people.

In 1968, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the Earth, died in a plane crash.

In 1973, "The Godfather" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1972, but its star, Marlon Brando, refused to accept his Oscar for best actor. Liza Minnelli won best actress for "Cabaret."

In 1977, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

Today's Birthdays: Former newspaper columnist Anthony Lewis is 86. Dance company director Arthur Mitchell is 79. Actor Julian Glover is 78. Actor Jerry Lacy is 77. Hall of Fame racer Cale Yarborough is 74. Actor-director Austin Pendleton is 73. Actor Michael York is 71. Rock musician Tony Banks (Genesis) is 63. Rock musician Andrew Farriss (INXS) is 54. Jazz musician Dave Koz is 50. Movie director Quentin Tarantino is 50. Rock musician Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) is 49. Rock musician Johnny April (Staind) is 48. Actress Talisa Soto is 46. Actress Pauley Perrette is 44. Singer Mariah Carey is 43. Rock musician Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) is 43. Actress Elizabeth Mitchell is 43. Actor Nathan Fillion is 42. Hip-hop singer Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) is 38. Actress Megan Hilty is 32. Actress Emily Ann Lloyd is 29. Actress Brenda Song is 25. Pop singer/songwriter Kimbra is 23. Actress Taylor Atelian is 18.

Thought for Today: "Often the test of courage is not to die but to live." - Vittorio Alfieri, Italian dramatist (1749-1803).