Today is Saturday, April 6, the 96th day of 2013. There are 269 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became Major League Baseball's first designated hitter as he faced pitcher Luis Tiant of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. (Blomberg was walked with the bases loaded; Boston won the game, 15-5.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Sayre police sergeant Robert Reed was appointed Sayre Borough Police Chief at the Sayre Borough Council meeting recently.

Celebrating his birthday today is George Kinsman of Towanda, who is a former rural route carrier for the Towanda Post Office.

State Auditor General Don Bailey recently commended the board of directors of the Northeast Bradford School District for its efficient use of taxpayers' dollars.

50 years ago - 1963

More than 300 telephones were put out of service by vandals who cut in two a cable near the James Street bridge in North Towanda recently.

Relatives of people who are residing at the Bradford County Infirmary in Burlington may call on them, it was announced yesterday at the office of the county commissioners. There is only one restriction: those calling must not have colds or traces of colds.

Fifteen-hundred parents and friends of students visited the Wyalusing Valley Joint High School yesterday to view the exhibits in the annual Science Fair.

75 years ago - 1938

Winners in the "How to Beautify Towanda Contest" sponsored by the Towanda Garden Club were announced yesterday afternoon at the club's meeting held in the borough hall. Dora K. Merris won first prize and Eleanor Green second prize.

Donald Harding of South Waverly has become a member of the Pennsylvania Motor Police, and has been assigned to the Kingston station, it was recently announced.

Morley Maryott and Volney Greenell have turned in the high score of the doubles bowling tournament being conducted on McCracken's alleys, amassing a total of 2,137 points.

In 1959, "Gigi" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1958; Susan Hayward was named best actress for "I Want to Live!" and David Niven was named best actor for "Separate Tables." (To the embarrassment of the show's producers, the scheduled 2-hour ceremony fell about 20 minutes short.)

In 1963, the United States signed an agreement to sell the Polaris missile system to Britain.

In 1973, NASA launched Pioneer 11, which flew by Jupiter and Saturn.

In 1988, Tirza Porat, a 15-year-old Israeli girl, was killed in a West Bank melee. (Although Arabs were initially blamed, the army concluded Tirza had been accidentally shot by a Jewish settler.)

In 1998, country singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville home at age 55.

Ten years ago: In the Iraq War, U.S. forces encircled and began flying into Baghdad's international airport. British forces in the south made their deepest push into Basra, Iraq's second-largest city.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, failed to overcome sharp differences over a U.S. missile defense system as they closed their seven-year relationship. Anti-China demonstrators caused chaos as the Olympic torch was relayed through London ahead of the Beijing games.

One year ago: Five black people were shot, three fatally, in Tulsa, Okla.; two suspects, Jake England and Alvin Watts, are accused of targeting the victims on the basis of race. A Navy F18 Hornet jet whose pilots were forced to eject crashed in a spectacular fireball into a big apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va., scattering plane parts and wiping out some 40 units, but killing no one. Fang Lizhi (fahng lee-juhr), 76, who was one of China's best-known dissidents, died in Tucson, Ariz. Painter Thomas Kinkade, 54, died in Los Gatos, Calif.

Today's Birthdays: Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson is 85. Composer-conductor Andre Previn is 84. Country singer Merle Haggard is 76. Actor Billy Dee Williams is 76. Actor Roy Thinnes is 75. Writer-comedian Phil Austin (Firesign Theatre) is 72. Movie director Barry Levinson is 71. Actor John Ratzenberger is 66. Actress Marilu Henner is 61. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Janet Lynn is 60. Actor Michael Rooker is 58. Rock musician Warren Haynes is 53. Rock singer-musician Frank Black is 48. Author Vince Flynn is 47. Actress Ari Meyers is 44. Actor Paul Rudd is 44. Actor-producer Jason Hervey is 41. Rock musician Markku Lappalainen (mar-KOO' lap-uh-LAN'-en) is 40. Actor Zach Braff is 38. Actress Candace Cameron Bure is 37. Jazz and rhythm-and-blues musician Robert Glasper is 35. Actress Eliza Coupe is 32. Actor Bret Harrison is 31. Actor Charlie McDermott is 23.

Thought for Today: "To be really cosmopolitan, a man must be at home even in his own country." - Thomas Wentworth Higginson, American clergyman-author (1823-1911).