Today is Monday, July 15, the 196th day of 2013. There are 169 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 15, 1913, Augustus Bacon, D-Ga., became the first person elected to the U.S. Senate under the terms of the recently ratified 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for popular election of senators.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Some area farmers were divided on whether or not Bradford County should have been designated a "disaster area" in regard to the drought-like conditions that had been destroying county hay and corn crops.

An air ambulance service plan, proposed by the Robert Packer Hospital, that was to benefit 21 counties in the Twin Tiers area, was reviews at a meeting of the NY-Penn Health Systems Agency.

Adena Chernosky, 16, of Towanda was named Age Division Winner and Service and Achievement Award at the 1988 Miss Teen of Pennsylvania Scholarship and Recognition Pageant.

50 years ago - 1963

Donna Preston and Janet Arey, both 19, of Wyalusing escaped serious injury in an accident on the Dushore-Wyalusing road near Moxie on Wells Mountain.

A prediction that the student enrollment at Mansfield State College would increase was valid with figures showing that 404 students had applied for admission.

The films playing that the Wysox Drive-In were "Savage Sam," and "The Clown and the Kid."

75 years ago - 1938

The Bradford County Association was to hold its annual reunion at Hoffman Park.

The movies playing at the Keystone Theater were "Three Blind Mice" and "Gun Law."

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union. Manitoba entered confederation as the fifth Canadian province.

In 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover announced he was slashing his own salary by 20 percent, from $75,000 to $60,000 a year; he also cut Cabinet members' salaries by 15 percent, from $15,000 to $12,750 a year.

In 1943, the Diligenti Quintuplets - three girls and two boys - were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1964, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address in which he announced that he had accepted an invitation to visit the People's Republic of China.

In 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, Calif., by three gunmen and imprisoned in an underground cell. (The captives escaped unharmed.)

In 2010, after 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the wellhead earlier in the week.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration dramatically raised its budget deficit projections to $455 billion for fiscal year 2003 and $475 billion for fiscal 2004, record levels fed by the limp economy, tax cuts and the battle against terrorism. Scott McClellan assumed his duties as White House press secretary. Philadelphia's archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, retired. Tex Schramm, who'd turned the Dallas Cowboys into "America's Team," died at age 83. American-born singer Elisabeth Welch, 99, died in London. The American League beat the National League in the All-Star game 7-6.

Today's Birthdays: Author Clive Cussler is 82. Actor Patrick Wayne is 74. Actor Terry O'Quinn is 61. Rock musician Marky Ramone is 57. Actor Brian Austin Green is 40. Rapper Jim Jones is 37. Actor Tristan Wilds is 24.