Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2013. There are 254 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 21, 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The news that Bradford County was successful in securing the entire $445,173 requested to implement an intensive in-home services program, to be administered by Children and Youth Services, drew a happy response yesterday from the agency director Kathy Smith.

The Robert Packer Hospital's Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet for adult volunteers was held yesterday. Elbert Shepson was the volunteer who accumulated the most hours of service during the past years.

About 26 Troy Community Hospital volunteers were recognized by the Troy Hospital Women's Auxiliary and administration yesterday at a luncheon held at the Troy Vets Club.

75 years ago - 1938

George Lundy of Standing Stone Center is having a new milk house built to accommodate the electric cooler that he recently purchased.

Judge Charles M. Culver yesterday appointed Frank D. Vaughn judge of elections for Wyalusing Township, second district.

The Holy Name men of St. Basil's Parish, Dushore, will hold the first of a series of card parties today. Bridge, 500, pitch and pinochle will be played.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.

In 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74.

In 1955, the Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the Wind," inspired by the Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York.

Ten years ago: Military officials in Iraq announced the arrest of Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi (HAHMZ'-uh ahl-zoo-BY'-dee), a key figure in the bloody suppression of the Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) Muslim uprising of 1991. State-run media in China reported the government had dismissed Beijing's mayor following the disclosure of a steep increase in SARS cases in the Chinese capital. Scott Peterson pleaded not guilty in the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son. Robert Cheruiyot (CHEHR'-ee-aht) became the 12th Kenyan in 13 years to win the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:10:11; Svetlana Zakharova of Russia won the women's race in 2:25:20. Jazz singer Nina Simone died in France at age 70.

Today's Birthdays: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is 87. Actor Charles Grodin is 78. Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 66. Actress Andie MacDowell is 55. Football player-turned-actor Brian White is 40. Rock musician David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 35. Actor James McAvoy is 34. Actor Christoph (cq) Sanders (TV: "Last Man Standing") is 25.