Today is Friday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2013. There are 151 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 2, 1943, during World War II, U.S. Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed in the middle of the night by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands. Two crew members were killed; Kennedy led the survivors to nearby islands until they could be rescued.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Michael H. Bradley, professor of finance at the University of Michigan in Ann Harbor and former Towanda resident, was named to the Everett E. Berg Professorship of Business Administration.

The Litchfield Fire Company and Auxiliary hosted their third annual Blueberry Festival at the township building on Cotton Hollow Road.

Jane Moeller was hired as the executive director of the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center (ARCC) in Towanda.

50 years ago - 1963

The Sheshequin Silver Spurs 4-H Horse and Pony Club held a trail ride.

The section of obstetrics and gynecology of the Robert Packer Hospital-Guthrie Clinic planned a series of classes for prospective parents and interested adults.

Members of the Monroeton Fire Company spent most fo their meeting working on plans for the Old Home Day celebration.

75 years ago - 1938

Leon Swayze of the Swayze Folding Box Co. caught the banner walleyed pike of the season at Lake Nepahwin.

Samuel L. Truscott of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission addressed officers and directors of the Canton Rod and Gun club at a meeting.

Towanda Borough Council decided on recommendation of the Board of Health to eliminate outside toilets in Towanda and also decided to clamp down on liquor selling establishments which had so much noise around at all hours of the night.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

In 1862, the Ambulance Corps for the Army of the Potomac was created at the order of Maj. Gen. George McClellan during the Civil War.

In 1876, frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged.

In 1922, Alexander Graham Bell, generally regarded as the inventor of the telephone, died in Nova Scotia, Canada, at age 75.

In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco; Vice President Calvin Coolidge became president.

In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.

In 1974, former White House counsel John W. Dean III was sentenced to one to four years in prison for obstruction of justice in the Watergate coverup. (Dean ended up serving four months.)

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., is 91. Actor Peter O'Toole is 81. Movie director Wes Craven is 74. Actor Butch Patrick ("The Munsters") is 60. Actress Cynthia Stevenson is 51. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 49. Actor Sam Worthington is 37. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 21.