Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2013. There are 243 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 2, 1963, the Children's Crusade began in Birmingham, Ala., as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skipped classes and marched downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds were arrested. (During another march the following day, authorities unleashed police dogs and fire hoses on the young protesters.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

A total of 24 bachelors were auctioned off to benefit the American Cancer Society at its first Bradford County Bachelor Auction. Prices ranged from $60 to over $400.

Ron Simpson's one-out, two-run double lifted the Troy Trojans to a 5-4 win recently over the Sayre Redskins.

Celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary today are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goldsmith of Towanda.

50 years ago - 1963

Harry Benjamin is the caretaker for the cemetery in Macedonia again this year, however any grave-digging that may be required will be the responsibility of Alfred Decker of Liberty Corners.

Miss Mary Smith of Towanda has been elected vice-chairman of the Mansfield State College chapter of the Intercollegiate Conference on Government.

Contracts in the amount of $344,955.40 for the construction of a sewage treatment plant in Tunkhannock Borough were awarded recently at a special meeting of the Borough Council and Municipal Authority.

75 years ago - 1938

Marjorie Woodward, a junior at Towanda High School, won honorable mention as one of the best 10 in the state for the reporting contest conducted the past term by the Pa. School Press Association.

During the past two months, officers of the Motor Police in Towanda were called out to investigate only six automobile accidents. This is a much smaller number than usual for the same period of time.

Arrangements have been made to carry mail by air from seven communities in this county - Wyalusing, Canton, Troy, Sayre, Athens, Ulster and Towanda - during the observance of National Air Mail Week.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.

In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

In 1952, the era of commercial jet passenger service began as a BOAC de Havilland Comet carrying 36 passengers took off on a multi-stop flight from London to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 89. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 77. Actress and political activist Bianca Jagger is 68. Singer Angela Bofill is 59. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 41. Soccer player David Beckham is 38. Actress Ellie Kemper is 33. Actor Robert Buckley is 32. Actress Kay Panabaker is 23.