Today is Good Friday, March 29, the 88th day of 2013. There are 277 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 29, 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. In an address to the nation, President Richard Nixon declared, "For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Monroe Hose Company held its annual Fireman of the Year dinner-dance recently. This year's recipient of the award was David Kerrick.

The Wyalusing Rams opened their baseball and softball seasons last night with victories over Elk Lake. The boys used a third-inning rally to win 10-5 while the girls slugged the Warriors 7-2.

Three popular Northeast Pennsylvania foot races will offer triple crown honors to runners who post the best combined times in all three races. The participating runs include Wyalusing's Run for the Rainbow, Tunkhannock's Tyler Five Miler and the Camptown Races.

50 years ago - 1963

The Athens Borough Council yesterday gave its tentative approval to a budget in the amount of $134,511.30, based on a tax rate of 11 mils. This budget provides for a three-mil tax decrease from the 14-mil rate presently in effect.

For the fifth time since 1947, employees of the Sylvania Electric Products Co. in Towanda have rejected union representation.

Troy schools made their first entry into the field of technical education recently when they opened a post high school training program in textile-looping.

75 years ago - 1938

Official opening of the detour at Morley's Crossing was announced yesterday by highway department officials and motorists traveling to and from Towanda and Athens now may take that route without crossing to the east side of the Susquehanna River at Ulster and Athens.

The Keystone Theatre had 5,240 paid admissions for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," it was learned last night. This is the largest business done there by any show in years.

Last Friday, one of the golden pheasants that C. Obenauer has at his place on State Street escaped from its coop. Nothing was heard until Sunday when the sexton of the Methodist Church declared he had seen it fly into an open window of the church on two different occasions. Where it goes when it gets in the church he doesn't know, for he has been unable to find it.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1613, King James I granted a charter officially designating the Irish city of Derry as "Londonderry."

In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.

In 1790, the tenth president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va.

In 1812, the first White House wedding took place as Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of First Lady Dolley Madison, married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.

In 1871, the Royal Albert Hall in London was opened by Queen Victoria.

In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.

In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: "For Gods sake look after our people."

In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began.

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.) The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I" opened on Broadway.

In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time, although the network aired a repeat the following night. (Johnny Carson debuted as host the following October.)

In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.) A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.)

In 1993, "Unforgiven" won the Academy Award for best picture as well as best director for Clint Eastwood; Emma Thompson won best actress for "Howards End" and Al Pacino won best actor for "Scent of a Woman."

Today's Birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 86. Author Judith Guest is 77. Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major is 70. Comedian Eric Idle is 70. Composer Vangelis is 70. Basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier is 68. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 66. Actor Brendan Gleeson is 58. Actor Christopher Lawford is 58. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell is 58. International Gymnastics Hall of Famer Kurt Thomas is 57. Actor Christopher Lambert is 56. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane's Addiction) is 54. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 52. Model Elle Macpherson is 50. Movie director Michel Hazanavicius (Film: "The Artist") is 46. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 46. Actress Lucy Lawless is 45. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 45. Country singer Brady Seals is 44. Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is 42. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 37. Actor Chris D'Elia is 33. Pop singer Kelly Sweet is 25.

Thought for Today: "Tolerance always has limits - it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant." - Sidney Hook, American philosopher and author (1902-1989).