Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2013. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Eric Chase, Chrysler First Finance Company branch manager, presented employee Barbara Muffley with the Tri-County Credit Woman of the Year award.

Three new ultrafiltration dialysis machines costing a total of $34,500 have been purchased by Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary for the hospital's dialysis unit.

Harlan Rowe Middle School Library held a bookmark design contest. Winners included Becky Cron and Christopher Blowers in first places, and Heather Kelsall in second place.

50 years ago - 1963

Celebrating his birthday today is Andrew Carola, member of the Towanda Borough Police Force.

Daily Review newspaper boys will take part this week in a nationwide campaign to collect funds for Radio Europe, the private American network that challenges Communist propaganda behind the Iron Curtain in East Europe.

Donald Clicker killed a fox near his home in West Burlington recently. Health officers sent the head away to a state laboratory for examination and the report came back that the animal had rabies in the worst stage.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms (vohrms) to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.)

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek (DOOB'-chek), was deposed.

In 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were acquitted. Turkish President Turgut Ozal died at age 66.

One year ago: Riding on the back of a 747 jet, retired space shuttle Discovery traveled from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to Chantilly, Va., to be installed in its new home - the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex near Washington Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. Jamie Moyer, at age 49, became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league contest as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Olivia Hussey is 62. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 58. Actress Jennifer Garner is 41. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 40. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 39. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 35. Actress Rooney Mara is 28. Actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is 26. Figure skater Mirai Nagasu is 20. Actor Paulie Litt is 18. Actress Dee Dee Davis is 17.