Today is Thursday, July 18, the 199th day of 2013. There are 166 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 18, 1863, during the Civil War, Union troops spearheaded by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of black soldiers, charged Confederate-held Fort Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. The Confederates were able to repel the Northerners, who suffered heavy losses; the 54th's commander, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, was among those who were killed.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Pat Haggerty School of Dance from the Valley scored well in a Talent Olympics at the Split Rock Resort in the Poconos.

The Waverly Free Library held a Pet Show and all area children were invited to bring pictures of their pets to participate.

Proceeding south on Route 467, a large tree had been toppled near a roadside farmhouse, just past the Northeast Bradford school.

50 years ago - 1963

In an attempt to help keep its employees and the public informed on current trends and developments in science, business, government, education, the investor-owned electric utility industry and a host of other timely subjects, Penelec installed a public literature service in the lobby of the company's Division office at Towanda.

The medical and executive committee of the Tioga General Hospital appointed Dr. Vernon E. McNeilus, of Waverly, for active privileges in the practice of orthopedic surgery at the hospital.

75 years ago - 1938

Research workers for the American Medical Association roughly estimated that approximately 4,900 people in Bradford County were infected with bacteria of undulant fever, many not knowing it, others believing that their condition was a severe case of insomnia, rheumatic fever and a host of other complaints.

In order to raise enough money to send three representatives to the leadership training conference to be held at Dimock, the members of the Standing Stone Epworth League held an ice cream social.

Elsewhere on this date:

In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began.

In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.

In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.

In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

In 1940, the Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act, which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.

In 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne (koh-PEHK'-nee), 28; some time later, Kennedy's car went off a bridge into the water. (Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.)

In 1976, at the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci received the first-ever perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. (Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s at Montreal.)

Today's Birthdays: Former South African President Nelson Mandela is 95. Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 84. Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 72. Actress Margo Martindale is 62. Rock musician Jack Irons is 51. Actor Eddie Matos is 41. Christian-rock musician Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) is 30. Actor Chace Crawford is 28.