Today is Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 4, 1619, a group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Virginia, where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival. (Some suggest this was the true first Thanksgiving in America, ahead of the Pilgrims' arrival in Massachusetts.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Canton's Country Christmas kicked off with the arrival of Frosty the Snowman and the New Life Temple's Christmas Elegance '88.

A crowd of children and parents gathered in Athens' downtown mini mall to meet with Santa Claus.

Officials from Phoenix Resources Inc. announced that they had filed an updated Phase I application with the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) for the construction and operation of a "state-of-the-art" landfill in Tioga County.

50 years ago - 1963

Towanda High School's Music Department presented its annual Christmas program in the high school auditorium.

The December distribution of surplus foods in the various municipalities of Bradford County was scheduled.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile was at the Towanda Presbyterian Church seeking 125 pints of blood.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

In 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.

In 1912, Medal of Honor recipient Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, the Marine Corps pilot who led the "Black Sheep Squadron" during World War II, was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson left Washington on a trip to France to attend the Versailles (vehr-SY') Peace Conference.

In 1942, U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.

In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard.

In 1978, San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn) was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone (mahs-KOH'-nee).

In 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity. Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions.

Today's Birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 80. Actress Gemma Jones is 71. Actress Patricia Wettig is 62. Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) is 51. Actress-model Tyra Banks is 40. Country singer Lila McCann is 32. Actress Lindsay Felton is 29.