Today is Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2013. There are 141 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 12, 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago -- 1988

The Wyalusing Carnival's top raffle prize of a 700-pound bull was shot Tuesday after proving to be a problem for its handlers.

A crew of Athens Borough workers have been repairing fences and picnic tables at the playground next to the Athens Borough building. Bill Zurn and Colin Cole prepared boards for repairing picnic tables at Athens Borough playground.

Roth Stoll, state Sen. Roger Madigan and Neal Halstead yesterday turned over the first shovels of dirt for the Stoll Natural Resource Center to be built in Wysox Township. The center is being dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. L.V. Stoll and will house USDA agencies.

50 years ago - 1963

Edward E. VanDyne of Troy publicity director at Mansfield State College since 1959, has added his name to the list of faculty administrative resignations.

Rev. Thomas Luce of Wilmington, Del., who was the immediate predecessor of Rev. Harry Farr as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here, occupied the pulpit of the church Sunday morning.

The ten top golfers of the Towanda Country Club took on the 10 best from Mansfield, Coudersport and Wellsboro Sunday afternoon. Jerry Smith, with a two-under part 70, led the Towanda contingent.

75 years ago -- 1938

At a meeting of the Republican Club in Towanda Borough held Wednesday evening, the club decided to sponsor a movement to obtain the registration of all Republicans in the borough not yet qualified to vote. J. Vernon McPherson, president of the club, appointed the following persons as co-chairmen to form committees and organize the work in the respective wards: First Ward, William Siegel and Merle Apgar; Second Ward, H.N. White and V.L. Grenell; Third Ward, Edwin P. Young and J. Roy Lilley.

There was good news a-plenty yesterday for the members of the committee making arrangements for the outing to be held on the fair ground here Sunday under the auspices of the Bradford County Federation of Sportsmen. Al. G. Budd of Troy, in charge of trap and skeet shooting program, was informed that Seth H. Gordon, secretary of the Game Commission, would attend the affair. This is excellent news to the sportsmen of this territory since they will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Gordon, talke over various matters of mutual concern and get his ideas on matters concerning good hunting in this part of the state.

The program committee of the Old Home Day celebration at Stevensville for Saturday, Aug. 27, have received an acceptance from Judge Charles M. Culver of Towanda to be the speaker of the day.

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 88. Actor George Hamilton is 74. Actress Dana Ivey is 72. Actress Jennifer Warren is 72. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 64. Actor Jim Beaver is 63. Singer Kid Creole is 63. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 59. Actor Sam J. Jones is 59. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 57. Country singer Danny Shirley is 57. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 52. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 50. Actor Peter Krause (KROW'-zuh) is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras is 42. Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 42. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is 42. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 42. Actor Casey Affleck is 38. Rock musician Bill Uechi (Save Ferris) is 38. Actress Maggie Lawson is 33. Actress Dominique Swain is 33. Actress Imani Hakim is 20.

Thought for Today: "Wisdom is born, stupidity is learned." - Russian proverb.