Today is Thursday, April 4, the 94th day of 2013. There are 271 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death as he stood on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he'd been the victim of a setup.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

This morning, renovation is scheduled to start on the Sayre Borough Hall, which was recently damaged by an arson fire in September.

Dean P. Allis, VFW Post 6824, Rome, has been appointed by VFW National Commander-in-Chief Earl L. Stock Jr. to serve as a national aide-de-camp for 1987-88.

50 years ago - 1963

The Towanda Post Office has taken official action to implement the Post Office Department's new program for negotiation and consultation on grievances, working conditions, personnel practices and other related matters.

Celebrating her birthday today is Mrs. Alta L. Barnes of Towanda, marriage license clerk in the office of the register and recorder.

Mrs. Martha Pepper of Leroy is driving a new station wagon.

75 years ago - 1938

This is Clean Up, Paint Up Week in Towanda. Clean out your attic, dig that junk out of the cellar, rid the garage of its winter's accumulation and dress up your yard for summer. It will make your home safer from fire, more healthful and will help beautify Towanda.

Appointment of James McGee of Towanda as Bradford County manager of Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy's gubernatorial campaign was announced recently.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1973, the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center were officially dedicated. (The towers were destroyed in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.)

In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-landed shortly after takeoff from Saigon.

Ten years ago: U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the 18th player to hit 500 career homers, connecting for a solo shot in a 10-9 loss to Cincinnati.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Elizabeth Wilson is 92. Author-poet Maya Angelou is 85. Bandleader Hugh Masekela is 74. Actor Craig T. Nelson is 69. Rock musician Craig Adams (The Cult) is 51. Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 48. Rock singer Josh Todd (Buckcherry) is 42. Actress Natasha Lyonne is 34. Actor Eric Andre is 30. Actress Jamie Lynn Spears is 22. Pop singer Austin Mahone (muh-HOHN') is 17.