Today is Tuesday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2013. There are 28 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The new Village of Waverly public parking lot was ceremonially opened.

The Wyalusing Valley Museum was decked with holly by local children in preparation for its annual Christmas Open House.

Santa Claus came to Wyalusing and was greeted by a large number of enthusiastic children, who were able to tell him in person their Christmas lists.

50 years ago - 1963

A special meeting of school directors throughout Bradford County was called by County Superintendent Charles W. DeWitt.

Towanda Borough Council took steps to make the parking lot in the rear of the county jail more usable.

The Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary held a special bazaar in the lobby of the hospital.

75 years ago - 1938

Plans were rapidly going forward for welcoming Santa Claus to Towanda.

Farmers' meetings to elect community committeemen for the 1939 Agricultural Conservation program were scheduled in Sullivan County.

Ira Thomas, scout for the Philadelphia Athletics and former big-time catcher, spoke at the meeting of the Laceyville Rotary Club.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1810, British forces captured Mauritius from the French, who had renamed the island nation off southeast Africa "Ile de France."

In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States by the Electoral College.

In 1833, Oberlin College in Ohio - the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States - began holding classes.

In 1910, Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, died in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at age 89.

In 1925, George Gershwin's Concerto in F had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin at the piano.

In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.

In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart. The 20th Century Limited, the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York to Chicago.

In 1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.

In 1980, Bernadine Dohrn, a former leader of the radical Weather Underground, surrendered to authorities in Chicago after more than a decade as a fugitive.

In 1992, the first telephone text message was sent by British engineer Neil Papworth, who transmitted the greeting "Merry Christmas" from his work computer in Newbury, Berkshire, to Vodafone executive Richard Jarvis' mobile phone.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 83. Actress Mary Alice is 72. Rock singer Mickey Thomas is 64. Actress Daryl Hannah is 53. Actress Holly Marie Combs is 40. Pop/rock singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 30. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 28. Actor Jake T. Austin is 19.