Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2013. There are 136 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 17, 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Monroe Old Home Days kicked off at Mountineer Park in Monroeton with all manner of rides, games and even a disc jockey.

The Barclay Friends School in North Towanda welcomed Tammy Alexander as the new teacher for the 3-year-old class, as well as an additional 4 and 5-year-old class.]

Nearly 200 members and guests of the Athens Senior Citizens Club attended the annual picnic at the East Waverly Park.

50 years ago - 1963

A meeting of the American Red Cross was held at the Legion home in Dushore.

A picnic meeting of Alpha Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma international honor society for women teachers was held.

The Towanda playgrounds, operated under the recreation setup, ended a very successful season.

75 years ago - 1938

The Orwell Alumni Association met at the Orwell Grange hall for its sixth annual reunion.

Lions Clubs of Towanda, Sayre-Athens and Wellsboro held a regional meeting in the Universalist church.

The Leroy 4-H boys accepted an invitation to meet jointly with the Durell club.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1962, East German border guards shot and killed 18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

In 1978, the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.

In 1983, lyricist Ira Gershwin died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 86.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Maureen O'Hara is 93. Author V.S. Naipaul is 81. Actor Robert DeNiro is 70. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy's Midnight Runners) is 60. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 51. Singer Maria McKee is 49. MLB player Jorge Posada is 42. Actor Mark Salling (TV: "Glee") is 31. Actor Brady Corbet (kohr-BAY') is 25.