Today is Tuesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2013. There are 14 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 17, 1938, German chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered nuclear fission by splitting the nuclei of uranium into lighter elements while performing experiments in Berlin.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Members of the Troy High School Junior County Course were announced recently and participated in a concert at the Wyalusing High School.

Towanda Fire Department to hold Training Sesson at the Franklin Fire Company. Use of the new SCBA will be reviewed.

Towanda Women's Civic League recently held their Christmas Party at the home of JoAnn Kizer.

50 years ago - 1963

Miss Julia Ross of the Pennsylvania Electric Company was the guest speaker at the December meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Towanda Rotary Club held its Christmas meeting with president Newman Benson residing.

The Annual Awards Party of the Towanda Printing Company was held recently in the company's new meeting room in the Ontario Block where The Daily Review is published.

75 years ago - 1938

Dozens of trucks to collect for the needy in Towanda today.

M.E. Rosenfield Auxiliary V.F.W. sponsors a party in the auxiliary's rooms in Mercur Block.

Bradford County has been given representation on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania State Grange, Albert E. Madigan of Luthers Mills having been elected to that committee recently at a convention in Washington, Pa.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was indicted on corruption charges. (Ryan was later convicted and ended up serving more than 5½ years in federal custody.) The British government announced the first reported case of a person dying from the human form of mad cow disease after a blood transfusion from an infected donor. An attempt to re-create the Wright brothers' first flight on the 100th anniversary failed to take off from North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama named former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado to head the Interior Department. OPEC agreed to slash 2.2 million barrels from daily production - its single largest cut ever. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh died in Rotan, Texas at age 94.

One year ago: Newtown, Conn., began laying its dead to rest, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys, the first of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. A pair of NASA spacecraft, named Ebb and Flow, were deliberately crashed into a mountain near the moon's north pole, ending a mission that peered into the lunar interior. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) became the third Division I men's coach, after Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight, to reach 900 wins with a 72-68 victory over Detroit in the Gotham Classic. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii died at age 88.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 83. Pope Francis is 77. Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 77. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 76. Actor Bernard Hill is 69. Actor Ernie Hudson is 68. Political commentator Chris Matthews is 68. Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 67. Actress Marilyn Hassett is 66. Actor Wes Studi is 66.

Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 65. Actor Joel Brooks is 64. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 62. Actor Bill Pullman is 60. Actor Barry Livingston is 60. Country singer Sharon White is 60. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 57. Rock musician Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 55. Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) is 52.

Country musician Tim Chewning is 51. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 47.

Country musician Duane Propes is 47. Actress Laurie Holden is 44. DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) is 43. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 43. Actress Claire Forlani is 42. Pop-rock musician Eddie Fisher (OneRepublic) is 40. Actress Sarah Paulson is 39. Actress Marissa Ribisi is 39. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 39. Actress Milla Jovovich (YO'-vuh-vich) is 38. Singer Bree Sharp is 38. Actress Jennifer Carpenter is 34. Singer-songwriter Ben Goldwasser (MGMT) is 31. Actress Shannon Woodward is 29. Actress Emma Bell is 27. Actress Vanessa Zima is 27. Rock musician Taylor York (Paramore) is 24. Actor-singer Nat Wolff is 19.