Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2013. There are 126 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 27, 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa erupted with a series of cataclysmic explosions; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The first annual Victorian Children's Festival was held in Sayre, with an emphasis on activities for children.

Bluegrass music enthusiasts "made a day of it" at the annual Bluegrass Festival held at the Lake Ondawa Ball Park in Big Pond.

Thirty-six teachers and administrators from Towanda Area School District volunteered their time for participation in a workshop in teaching styles and strategies.

50 years ago - 1963

Sylvania Electric Products Inc. was awarded a contract for the development of new and improved phosphorus for cathode ray tubes for the U.S. Army Electronics Material Agency.

A water carnival and canoe race took place on the Susquehanna River at Ulster.

A chance in titles and jurisdiction in the top mechanical office of the Lehigh Valley Railroad was announced with duties of the railroad's mechanical department being centralized in Sayre.

75 years ago - 1938

Miss Jean MacLaren, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. MacLaren of Towanda, was engaged by the Canton Board of School Directors to teach English and history in Canton High School.

Three granges had grange exhibits at the Bradford County Fair.

For the purpose of giving people an opportunity to register to vote was given at the County Registration Office.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1776, the Battle of Long Island began during the Revolutionary War as British troops attacked American forces, who ended up being forced to retreat two days later.

In 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States, at Titusville, Pa.

In 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.

In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.

In 1939, the first turbojet-powered aircraft, the Heinkel He 178, went on its first full-fledged test flight over Germany.

In 1942, the Times of London published an editorial calling on the British government to promote the production of penicillin, the first mention of the antibiotic by a newspaper.

In 1957, the USS Swordfish, the second Skate Class nuclear submarine, was launched from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

In 1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus in December 1962.

In 1963, author, journalist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois died in Accra, Ghana, at age 95.

In 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills; he was 32.

Today's Birthdays: Author Dame Antonia Fraser is 81. Actress Tuesday Weld is 70. Actor Peter Stormare is 60. Writer-producer Dean Devlin is 51. Rock musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 43. Actor Kyle Lowder is 33. Actress Alexa Vega is 25.