Today is Sunday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2013. There are 142 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

After a one-year absence Denise Meyer, Miss Pennsylvania 1988, returned to grace the annual Wyalusing Firemen's Parade.

A Tele-Trainer was donated to the Adult Bay Treatment Center in Troy by the Northeast Area (NEAREA) Telephone Pioneer Club.

Thirty-three Girl Scouts and adults from throughout the county attended a one-day instructional badge day on wildlife at the Sugar Creek Girl Scout Camp, under the instruction of Mike Lovegreen and Jim Lacek of the state's Department of Environmental Resources.

50 years ago - 1963

Towanda Lions Club planned one of its biggest projects of the year - a public corn roast and chicken barbecue.

A hydrangea bearing the largest blossoms ever noted in this area was blooming in the yard of the Wallace Krise Home, 64 Lycoming St., Canton.

The usual open swimming session at the Towanda pool was cancelled because of the America Red Cross water safety instructors; course.

75 years ago - 1938

Plans were well under way for the annual service to be held in "the old Burlington church."

A meeting of all the residents of LeRaysville and vicinity was called in the Congregational community church.

John VanHorn entertained at Camp Babylon near Gaines.

Elsewhere on this date:

One year ago: Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announced his choice of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate. Usain Bolt capped his perfect Summer Games by leading Jamaica to victory in a world-record 36.84 seconds in the 4x100 meters. Allyson Felix won her third gold medal as the Americans rolled to an easy victory in the women's 4x400 relay. The heavily favored U.S. women's basketball team won a fifth straight gold medal with an 86-50 victory over France.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Arlene Dahl is 88. Songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble is 70. Rock musician Jim Kale (Guess Who) is 70. Magazine columnist Marilyn Vos Savant is 67. Country singer John Conlee is 67. Singer Eric Carmen is 64. Computer scientist and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is 63. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 60. Singer Joe Jackson is 59. Playwright David Henry Hwang is 56. Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 49. Actress Viola Davis is 48. Actor Duane Martin is 48. Actor-host Joe Rogan is 46. Rhythm-and-blues musician Chris Dave is 45. Actress Anna Gunn is 45. Actress Ashley Jensen is 45. Rock guitarist Charlie Sexton is 45. Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad is 43. Actor Will Friedle is 37. Actress Merritt Wever is 33. Actor Chris Hemsworth is 30.

Rock musician Heath Fogg (Alabama Shakes) is 29. Singer J-Boog is 28. Rapper Asher Roth is 28. Actress Alyson Stoner is 20.

Thought for Today: "A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he's crossing a one-way street." - Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-born educator and author of "The Peter Principle" (1919-1990).