Today is Monday, April 29, the 119th day of 2013. There are 246 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 29, 1913, Swedish-born engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J., received a U.S. patent for a "separable fastener" - later known as the zipper.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Digging has begun for the courthouse renovation project. The excavation now under way is for the elevator and stair tower to be constructed at the rear of the historic county building.

At the last commissioners' meeting, the last of which Klas Anderson was attending as the county's chief assessor, the board members extended their appreciation to Anderson for a job well done and wished him well in his future endeavors.

The original bandstand in Howard Elmer Park was completed in 1886, repainted in 1931 and rebuilt in 1987. Rededication ceremonies tomorrow will mark the official completion of last year's $20,000 renovation program.

50 years ago - 1963

A special added feature of the coming Spring Festival of Bargains sales event in Towanda will be free parking throughout all the metered areas in Towanda on May 2.

PTA councils and local unit representatives from Bradford, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties will meet in May to form a new district organization of the Pennsylvania Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Celebrating his birthday today is John E. Finlan, manager of the Finlan Insurance Agency in Towanda.

75 years ago - 1938

William Shaw, Roosevelt Highway director for the Chamber of Commerce, said he received definite word yesterday that the State Highway has made its plans for the highway between Towanda and Wysox to be built this summer.

Towanda Country Club will be officially opened tomorrow. This opening comes just one week earlier than last year due to the splendid condition of the greens and fairways.

The Wyoming Production Credit Association will have a representative in the National Farm Loan office, Towanda, every Tuesday morning to serve the credit needs of Bradford County farmers.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1993, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II announced that for the first time, Buckingham Palace would be opened to tourists to help raise money for repairs at fire-damaged Windsor Castle.

In 2011, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey.

Ten years ago: The Palestinian parliament approved Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') as prime minister, clearing the final obstacle to the launch of a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace. Pakistani authorities captured Waleed bin Attash, accused of playing a leading role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Five years ago: Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama angrily denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for what he termed "divisive and destructive" remarks on race. Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, died in Burg im Leimental, Switzerland, at age 102.

One year ago: Despite past differences, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton began a summer fundraising blitz with an event in McLean, Va. An out-of-control SUV plunged more than 50 feet off the side of a New York City highway overpass and landed on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, killing all seven people aboard, including three children.

Today's Birthdays: Poet Rod McKuen is 80. Actor Keith Baxter is 80. Bluesman Otis Rush is 79. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 77. Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff is 75. Pop singer Bob Miranda (The Happenings) is 71. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 70. Singer Tommy James is 66. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is 63. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 63. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 63. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 59. Actor Leslie Jordan is 58. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 58. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 56. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 55. Actress Eve Plumb is 55. Rock musician Phil King is 53. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 50. Actor Vincent Ventresca is 47. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 45. Actor Paul Adelstein is 44. Actress Uma Thurman is 43.

Tennis player Andre Agassi is 43. Rapper Master P is 43. Actor Darby Stanchfield is 42. Country singer James Bonamy is 41. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) is 41. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 40. Actor Tyler Labine is 35. Actress-model Taylor Cole is 29. Actor Zane Carney is 28.

Thought for Today: "Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." - Sir Laurens van der Post, South African author (1906-1996).