Today is Friday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2013. There are 263 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 12, 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Ala., charged with contempt of court and parading without a permit. (During his time behind bars, King wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; he was released on bond on April 20.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

At its regular meeting last night the Athens Borough Council accepted a bid from Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting for stone and Central Asphalt of Watkins Glen for recycling the pavement on streets to be resurfaced this year.

Winners of the Monroe-Franklin Elementary School book fair poster contest included: Wendy Girven and Holly Irvine in first grade; Beth Taylor in second grade; Tracey Smith in third grade; and Krissa Landmesser and Kristin Fowler in fourth grade.

The Canton Borough Council at its regular monthly meeting last night approved the purchase of two bullet-proof vests requested by Canton Police Chief Douglas Seeley.

50 years ago - 1963

The Chemical and Metallurgical Division of the Sylvania Electric Products Corp. in Towanda last night announced two additions to its North Towanda facilities. Construction will begin soon on a 6,000 square foot addition to the lamp phosphor production building, and Sylvania also purchased two parcels of land; they are on either side of Hawes Street and extend south from James Street toward the plant.

For the second time Walter Parkhurst Jr., 17, of Laceyville, saved a life when he rescued a man who lost his footing and fell over a six-foot embankment into the swollen Susquehanna River near Skinners Eddy recently.

All retail business establishments in Towanda will be closed this afternoon from noon until 3 p.m. in observance of Good Friday.

75 years ago - 1938

Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday were Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Huffman of Wilmot.

National Air Mail Week is May 15-21, and one day during that week there will be special pick-up service by airplane from Towanda connecting with either Elmira or Wilkes-Barre.

John J. McGuire, administrative assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the FBI, spoke yesterday afternoon on crime prevention to the student body of Towanda High School.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1934, "Tender Is the Night," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published in book form after being serialized in Scribner's Magazine.

In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga., at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman.

One year ago: Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder, made his first courtroom appearance in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Jury selection began in Greensboro, N.C., for the corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards, charged with six counts of campaign finance fraud. (The jury ended up acquitting Edwards of accepting illegal campaign contributions but deadlocking on the other five counts.)

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Ned Miller is 88. Playwright Alan Ayckbourn (AYK'-bohrn) is 74. Talk show host David Letterman is 66. Country singer Vince Gill is 56. Country singer Deryl Dodd is 49. Actress Jennifer Morrison is 34. Rock singer-musician Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco) is 26. Actress Saoirse (SUR'-shuh) Ronan is 19.