Today is Tuesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2013. There are 238 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 7, 1763, Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa Indians, attempted to lead a sneak attack on British-held Fort Detroit, but was foiled because the British had been tipped off in advance. (The Ottawa Indians and other tribes then launched an all-out war with the British that came to be known as Pontiac's War.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Progress is being made on the courthouse renovation project. Yesterday concrete was poured for the sub-base of the elevator and stair tower to be constructed at the rear of the building.

A sewer system in Laceyville could be a possibility in the future it seems, after a recent discussion.

Miss Amy Lynn Brennan, daughter of John and Martha Brennan, has been selected as a state finalist in the 1988 Miss Pennsylvania US Teen Pageant.

50 years ago - 1963

Over the weekend the Spring Educational Program of the Greater Valley Hairdressers Association Unit 44 was held before a capacity crowd in the York room of the Towanda Motel.

Towanda Borough Council last night approved a $13,460.80 program for improving lines in the borough water system and a $15,209 street improvement program.

Towanda High School's baseball team took over undisputed possession of first place in the Roosevelt Trail League yesterday by cutting the Athens High nine 11-3 at Veterans Memorial Park in Towanda.

75 years ago - 1938

A meeting of all interstate truckmen serving points in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York will be held at the Bennett Hotel in Binghamton next week to complete plans for a rate conference for the area.

Miss Rosemary Dimon was selected as valedictorian of the Rome High School class of 1938 and William Nesbit was chosen as salutatorian.

A girl from Mildred, graduate of the Dushore High School, class of 1934, has been selected by fellow students at Temple University to compete in the ninth annual elections for the May Queen and her court.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1833, composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1840, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia.

In 1915, nearly 1,200 people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the Irish coast.

In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II.

In 1963, the United States launched the Telstar 2 communications satellite.

In 1992, the latest addition to America's space shuttle fleet, Endeavour, went on its first flight. A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise received enough votes for ratification as Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., is 81. Singer Jimmy Ruffin is 74. Actress Robin Strasser is 68. Country musician Rick Schell is 50. Rock singer-musician Chris O'Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 48. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 42. Actor Breckin Meyer is 39. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 27.