Today is Friday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2013. There are 144 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the nation's 38th chief executive as President Richard Nixon's resignation took effect.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

David Packard of the East Troy 4-H Club and Stacy Hulslander of the Mt. Pisgah Raiders 4-H Club were two of many 4-H'ers preparing their cattle for the annual 4-H Round-Up at Alparon Park in Troy.

The Sayre Borough Council met in workshop format to discuss drainage work, a right-of-way agreement and progress on the sewer installation project slated for South Keystone Avenue.

The Bradford County Conservation District set the wheels in motion to place into use a two-acre parcel of land in Wysox Township which was donated by an anonymous donor.

50 years ago - 1963

George Bulazo Jr. resigned as principal of Troy High School.

The final planning meeting for Monroeton's Old Home Day was held, when many final decisions were made and committee reports were given.

Seven boys and their counselor stopped in The Daily Review en route from Owego to Harrisburg by canoe on the Susquehanna River.

75 years ago - 1938

The girls of the Towanda High School rifle team, known throughout the county by reason of their fine marksmanship, competed against the boys as one of the features of the Bradford County Sportsmen's Federation outing held at the fair grounds in East Towanda.

Purchase of a fire truck and equipment for the Waverly Fire Department was to cost $7,400.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1842, the United States and Canada resolved a border dispute by signing the Webster-Ashburton Treaty.

In 1854, Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," which described Thoreau's experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, was first published.

In 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate forces drove back Union troops in the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Culpeper County, Va.

In 1902, Edward VII was crowned king of Britain following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

In 1942, Britain arrested Indian nationalist Mohandas K. Gandhi; he was released in 1944.

In 1944, 258 African-American sailors based at Port Chicago, Calif., refused to load a munitions ship following an explosion on another ship that killed 320 men, many of them black. (Fifty of the sailors were convicted of mutiny, fined and imprisoned.)

In 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.

In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally slain at Tate's Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan nominated Lauro Cavazos (kah-VAH'-zohs) to be secretary of education; Cavazos became the first Hispanic to serve in the Cabinet.

Ten years ago: The Army fired up its first chemical weapons incinerator located near a residential area, outside Anniston, Ala., to destroy two rockets loaded with enough sarin nerve agent to wipe out a city. Dancer-actor Gregory Hines died in Los Angeles at age 57.

Five years ago: Todd Bachman, the father of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman, was stabbed to death by a Chinese man in Beijing in an apparently random attack just hours after the start of the Olympic Games. (The assailant took his own life.) Mariel Zagunis led a U.S. sweep of the women's saber fencing for the first American medals of the Games. Comedian Bernie Mac died in Chicago at age 50.

Today's Birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy is 85. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Ken Norton is 70. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player John Cappelletti is 61. Actress Amanda Bearse is 55. Actor Kevin McKidd is 40. Actress Ashley Johnson is 30. Actress Anna Kendrick is 28.