Today is Thursday, May 9, the 129th day of 2013. There are 236 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 9, 1754, a political cartoon in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette depicted a snake cut into eight pieces, each section representing a part of the American colonies; the caption read, "JOIN, or DIE."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

A large crowd was on hand at Memorial Park over the weekend as the Towanda Little League held its annual opening day ceremonies. Ken Bartholomew, manager of Rolling Acres, and Chuck Cotter, manager of Shamrock Lanes, were given the honor of throwing out the first ball in recognition of their assistance provided to the league.

Celebrating her birthday today is Anne Sullivan of Towanda, an employee in the treasurer's office at the courthouse.

Thirty-three interested people who belong to the National American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) met May 3 at the Penelec Building in North Towanda to form a local Bradford-Sullivan County chapter.

50 years ago - 1963

At the Athens Area Joint School Board meeting last night, two elementary teachers were hired: Mrs. Alberta Hennip for kindergarten and Clarence Van Horn for Main Elementary building principal and fifth grade teacher.

Gov. William Scranton has approved the appointment of Mrs. Helen O. Biddle of Canton as inheritance tax appraiser for Bradford County, it was revealed yesterday.

Carl McClelland of Troy High School Chapter of the FFA placed first in the area FFA tractor and maintenance contest held recently in Troy.

75 years ago - 1938

Clayton and Lincoln Welles, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Welles of Wyalusing, are celebrating their 10th birthday today.

Diplomas permitting them to enter high school were presented to eight students of the East Athens school recently when the annual graduation exercises in conjunction with the last day of school for the term were held.

Dr. Grover is cleaning the Towanda Third Ward school students' teeth this week.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1961, in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton N. Minow decried the majority of television programming as a "vast wasteland."

In 1978, the bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who'd been abducted by the Red Brigades, was found in an automobile in the center of Rome.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Geraldine McEwan is 81. Actor-writer Alan Bennett is 79. Actress Amy Hill is 60. Actress Wendy Crewson is 57. Actress Sonja Sohn is 49.