Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2013. There are 237 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany's forces had surrendered, and that "the flags of freedom fly all over Europe."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

State Rep. J. Scot Chadwick cut the ribbon at the dedication of the P.P. Bliss Home and Gospel Writers' Museum as a Century Home yesterday.

Paul Cost was recently installed as governor of the Waverly Moose Lodge No. 1490 for 1988-89 at a ceremony in the Moose home.

The team of Tim Delamarter and Thomas Butters representing Bradford County Area Vo-Technical School has been selected as one of 10 Pennsylvania finalists in the 1988 Plymouth AAA Trouble-Shooting Contest, it was recently announced.

50 years ago - 1963

Miss Ruth Marie Hennip of Wysox was elected secretary of the Mansfield State College Association for Childhood Education for the next academic year.

Miss Ann Claire Leahy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Leahy of Sayre, was crowned Spring Weekend Queen at Mansfield State College last weekend.

Terry Morrison of Troy, Gene Segur and Dave Wright of Canton were the first three winners in the FFA Land Judging Contest held at the Fox Chase Farms recently.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1794, Antoine Lavoisier (lah-vwahz-YAY'), the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor during the Vietnam War.

In 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

In 1993, the Muslim-led government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and rebel Bosnian Serbs signed an agreement for a nationwide cease-fire.

Ten years ago: The Senate unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. A federal grand jury indicted Chinese-born California socialite Katrina Leung on charges that she'd illegally taken, copied and kept secret documents obtained from an FBI agent. (A federal judge later dismissed the case against Leung, rebuking prosecutors for misconduct.) The rear door of a Russian-built cargo plane burst open over Congo, hurling more than 100 Congolese soldiers and their families to their deaths.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian Don Rickles is 87. Singer Toni Tennille is 73. Rock musician Alex Van Halen is 60. Actor Stephen Furst is 59. Actress Melissa Gilbert is 49. Singer Enrique Iglesias is 38. Actress Julia Whelan (WAY'-lan) is 29.