Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2013. There are 124 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 29, 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers during World War II, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

At their meeting tonight, Sayre Borough Council will discuss ways of raising Sayre's revenue, mainly through a fee for garbage collection and an occupation tax for Sayre residents.

About 30 parents and educators pitched in and erected playground equipment Saturday at the W.R. Croman Elementary School in Troy. Anita Drislane, past Parent-Teacher Association president, said workers began at 7 a.m., putting up the pieces made out of center-drilled and pressure-treated lumber.

Free boat rides were one of the attractions offered yesterday at Family Day, part of the first annual Victorian Children's Festival. Family Day was held at Island Pond, wrapping up the festival, which was held this weekend in Sayre.

50 years ago - 1963

Double feature at the Wysox Drive Inn - "Tales of Terror," in color, starring Vincent Price and Peter Lorie, plus "Panic in the Year Zero," with Ray Milland.

Announcement made of installation of new equipment in the office of Dr. J.A. Young, Canton and Troy optometrist, for detection of glaucoma.

Specials at Larnard's Red and White, Towanda, include 10 pounds of potatoes for 39 cents; fresh ground beef, three pounds for $1.

75 years ago - 1938

Approximately 500 persons attended the annual Big Pond school reunion held Saturday at Lake Ondaws, the feature being an excellent address on "What you know as your government" by Hon. David R. Perry of Altoona, representative of the General Assembly in Harrisburg.

Charged with the theft of $40 from Mrs. Laura Hagerman of Milltown, Sayre, a man booked as Ralph R. Dickerson, alias Dr. Richards, D.D., 34 and giving his address as Dayton, Ohio, is being held in Elmira on a fugitive from justice warrant following his arrest there Friday afternoon by Private Eugene E. Stanfield of the Athens sub-station of the Pennsylvania Motor police.

Starting Tuesday evening, Aug. 30, the Helm Sisters, preaching, singing and playing evangelists of Sunbury, Pa., will open an evangelistic campaign in the old Bumpville church.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: A bombing at the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq, killed at least 85 people, including Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim (BAH'-keer ahl hah-KEEM'). Six nations trying to defuse a standoff over North Korea's nuclear program ended their talks in Beijing with an agreement to keep talking. South Dakota congressman Bill Janklow was charged with felony manslaughter in a car accident that claimed the life of motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott. (Janklow was later convicted and served 100 days in jail.)

Five years ago: Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative who had been governor of Alaska for less than two years, to be his running mate.

One year ago: Seizing the Republican National Convention spotlight in Tampa, Fla., vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan promised Mitt Romney would "not duck the tough issues" if he were to win the White House and that their party would move forcefully to solve the nation's economic woes. Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages. The NFL announced it would open the regular season with replacement officials.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 90. Actress Betty Lynn (TV: "The Andy Griffith Show") is 87. Movie director William Friedkin is 78. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 77. Actor Elliott Gould is 75. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 74. Former White House Press Secretary James Brady is 73. TV personality Robin Leach is 72. Actor Ray Wise is 66. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 61. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew is 58. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 57. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 57. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 54. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello (n-DAY'-gay-OH'-chehl-oh) is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 43. Actress Carla Gugino is 42. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 38. Actor John Hensley is 36. Rock musician David Desrosiers (Simple Plan) is 33. Rapper A+ is 31. Actress Jennifer Landon is 30. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 28. Actress-singer Lea Michele (TV: "Glee") is 27. Rock singer Liam Payne (One Direction) is 20.

Thought for Today: "Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894).