Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2013. There are 242 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 3, 1973, Chicago's 110-story Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) was topped out after two years of construction, becoming the world's tallest building for the next 25 years.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Sharon Weed has taken over as acting director of the county's domestic relations office.

Permission was granted by the Sullivan County Commissioners to purchase emergency equipment at their meeting yesterday.

More than $8,000 was raised over the weekend at the Bachelor Auction held at the Guthrie Inn in Sayre to benefit the American Cancer Society.

50 years ago - 1963

Ping pong balls worth money at Towanda businesses were dropped from above in downtown Towanda yesterday as part of the Spring Festival of Bargains. Mrs. Robert Abbadie of Standing Stone and Mrs. Lucy Vanderpool each picked up a ping pong ball valued at $25.

Celebrating his birthday today is Sam R. Epstein, well known Towanda merchant.

Residents of Bradford County who fought in the Civil War will be honored at the rededication of the monument to the flag in Athens at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

75 years ago - 1938

L.E. Delaney yesterday was elected superintendent of the Sayre Borough Schools, being chosen by the school board over Dr. H.H. Beach who took the post four years ago.

After use for over half a century the safe in the county commissioners' office at the courthouse has been discarded and a new one is in use. The old safe weighted nearly 5,000 pounds.

Pupils from three grades of the Third Ward School in Towanda visited the home of Stella Reed, school nurse, yesterday morning and sang songs of welcome to her. She returned recently from New York City where she had been a hospital patient for four months.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1913, Clorox had its beginnings as five entrepreneurs agreed to set up a liquid bleach factory in Oakland, Calif. Author-playwright William Inge was born in Independence, Kan.

In 1916, Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.

In 1943, Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "The Skin of Our Teeth" and Upton Sinclair for "Dragon's Teeth."

In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups were legally unenforceable.

In 1960, the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical "The Fantasticks" began a nearly 42-year run at New York's Sullivan Street Playhouse.

In 1971, the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" made its debut.

Today's Birthdays: Folk singer Pete Seeger is 94. Actress Ann B. Davis is 87. Actor Alex Cord is 80. Singer Frankie Valli is 79. Singer Christopher Cross is 62. Rock musician David Ball (Soft Cell) is 54. Country musician John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) is 42. Country singer Eric Church is 36.Soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is 26.