Today is Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer Southeast Asian territories; the raid, which claimed some 2,400 American lives, prompted the United States to declare war against Japan the next day.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Penelec officials from Towanda and Mansfield presented a $2,400 check to members of the Canton Development Inc.

Students from the Bradford County Vo-Tech School worked on the construction of a stage over the orchestra pit at the Keystone Theater in Towanda.

Larry Franklin was re-elected to serve as the Wyalusing School Board president for another school year.

50 years ago - 1963

Workmen repaired the Soldiers and Sailors monument in front of the courthouse in Towanda.

Monroeton Fire Company held its annual Christmas party.

Prentice Baumunk of Forksville shot a 145-pound cinnamon bear while hunting in the Kahill Mountain area of Bradford County.

75 years ago - 1938

The Towanda Lions Club made plans for its activites throughout the Christmas seasons.

A very quiet wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Browning of New Albany when their daughter, Miss. Ilene Keeney, was united in marriage to Lloyd Rifenberg.

The Department of Public Instruction was engaged in a program to test the hearing of all school children of the Commonwealth.

Elsewhere on this date:

One year ago: The Supreme Court agreed to consider California's ban on same-sex marriage and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally-married gay couples. A hospital nurse in London was found dead in an apparent suicide; days earlier, the nurse had been a victim of a prank telephone call from Australian radio disc jockeys impersonating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Eli Wallach is 98. Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 85. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 82. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 81. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is 76. Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 73. Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 66. Actor-director-producer James Keach is 66. Country singer Gary Morris is 65. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 64. Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, is 61. Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 57. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 56. Former "Tonight Show" announcer Edd (cq) Hall is 55. Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 55. Actor Patrick Fabian is 49. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 48. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 47. Producer-director Jason Winer is 41. NFL player Terrell Owens is 40. Rapper-producer Kon Artis is 39. Pop singer Nicole Appleton (All Saints) is 38. Latin singer Frankie J is 37. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 37.

Actress Shiri Appleby is 35. Pop-rock singer/celebrity judge Sara Bareilles (bah-REHL'-es) (TV: "The Sing-off") is 34. Singer Aaron Carter is 26.

Thought for Today: "War is the unfolding of miscalculations." - Barbara Tuchman, American historian (1912-1989).