Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2013. There are 244 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 1, 1963, James W. Whittaker became the first American to conquer Mount Everest as he and Sherpa guide Nawang Gombu reached the summit.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Elena Head was recently chosen as Memorial Hospital's new director of nursing.

Miss Jennifer Stark of Wyalusing is the latest recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award presented by the Mach-wi-hi-lusing Chapter DAR.

The Elmer Park Bandstand in Sayre was dedicated yesterday at noon. Present at the ceremony was state Sen. Roger Madigan, state Rep. J. Scot Chadwick, and Sayre Mayor Nicholas Chacona.

50 years ago - 1963

A $135,000 bond to purchase a site and erect a school bus garage for Waverly Central School District I was approved by an almost 4-1 majority in a special district meeting last night.

Mr. and Mrs. Harwood Miller of Monroeton are celebrating their 20th anniversary today.

Miss Patricia Coombs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coombs of Athens, was chosen by her classmates to represent Athens High School at the 22nd annual Laurel Festival in Wellsboro.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.

In 1786, Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.

In 1898, Commodore George Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

In 1911, the song "I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)," by Harry Von Tilzer and Will Dillon, was first published.

In 1931, New York's 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated. Singer Kate Smith made her debut on CBS Radio on her 24th birthday.

In 1941, the Orson Welles motion picture "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

In 1961, the first U.S. airline hijacking took place as Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, a Miami electrician, commandeered a National Airlines plane that was en route to Key West, Fla., and forced the pilot to fly to Cuba.

In 1982, the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., was opened by President Ronald Reagan.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, pleading, "Can we all get along?"

Today's Birthdays: Former astronaut Scott Carpenter is 88. Singer Judy Collins is 74. Singer Rita Coolidge is 68. Actor Dann Florek is 62. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 59. Country singer Tim McGraw is 46. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) is 39. Actress Kerry Bishe (Film: "Argo") is 29.