Today is Thursday, March 28, the 87th day of 2013. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 28, 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

A petition has been filed to unionize the Pennsylvania Water Company in Sayre, according to Ken Reeves, general manager of the company.

Nine Aqua Ducks will be graduating from the group this year, as they enter ninth grade. They are Dennis Bennett, Katy Ward, Michelle Lenox, Kim Lantz, Jeff Halbert, Aimee Kasenger, Julliet Ferri, Stacey Smith and Yvonne Calkins.

Janice Hadlock of Rome is celebrating a birthday today.

50 years ago - 1963

A state investigation was started yesterday into complaints of mistreatment of students at Mansfield State College.

Celebrating his birthday today is Dr. Isaac V. Stoll, well-known Rome veterinarian.

J. Morley Titchen, Wyalusing Valley Joint School business manager and secretary of the board, resigned yesterday to take a position with the Monroe-Woodbury Central Schools in Monroe, N.Y.

75 years ago - 1938

With approximately 200 in attendance, the annual banquet of the Bradford County Schools Athletic Association was held in the South Waverly hall over the weekend, the gala affair being climaxed with the presentation of basketball championship trophies to the LeRaysville teams.

Raymond VanNoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl VanNoy of Canton, is one of three "rookies" on the squad of the Williamsport "Grays" of the Eastern League, now southward bound to Raeford, N.C. for spring training.

Pocket billiard fans of Towanda and vicinity will see the last of six brilliant players on the National Billiard program, when young Irving Crane comes to McCracken Brothers billiard parlors today to complete the schedule started early in the winter by Erwin Rudolph.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.

In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film "Triumph des Willens" (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.

In 1939, the Spanish Civil War effectively ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.

In 1943, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 1963, the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds" premiered in New York.

In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington D.C. at age 78.

In 1978, in Stump v. Sparkman, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, 5-3, the judicial immunity of an Indiana judge against a lawsuit brought by a young woman who'd been ordered sterilized by the judge when she was a teenager.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

Today's Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is 85. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 72. Movie director Mike Newell is 71. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 70. Actor Ken Howard is 69. Actress Dianne Wiest is 65. Country singer Reba McEntire is 58. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 55. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 47. Actress Tracey Needham is 46. Actor Max Perlich is 45. Movie director Brett Ratner is 44. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 44. Actor Vince Vaughn is 43. Rapper Mr. Cheeks is 42. Actor Ken L. is 40. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 37. Actress Annie Wersching is 36. Actress Julia Stiles is 32. Singer Lady Gaga is 27.

Thought for Today: "A man can do his best only by confidently seeking (and perpetually missing) an unattainable perfection." - Ralph Barton Perry, American author and educator (1876-1957).