Today is Friday, July 26, the 207th day of 2013. There are 158 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista (fool-HEN'-see-oh bah-TEES'-tah) with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro ousted Batista in 1959.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

James Shaw, an officer previously employed by the Sayre Police Department as a part-time and full-time officer, was rehired by a unanimous vote at a special meeting of the Sayre Borough Council.

A large crowd was on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of the 113th Annual Troy Fair.

The 80th anniversary of the Towanda Rebekah Lodge #352 was celebrated at Sinbad's Restaurant.

50 years ago - 1963

Lifesaving classes at the Towanda swimming pool concluded.

The Lime Hill Hall Association held a meeting, following the meeting there was an ice cream party for families of the community.

The annual Mens' Club banquet was held at the Spring Hill community hall, where all the men's groups in Wyalusing Valley were invited to attend.

75 years ago - 1938

Towanda Aerie No. 1367, Fraternal Order of Eagles, initiated a class of approximately 50 new members.

Daybreak revealed that the landslide took out about 50 square feet of Table Rock Mountain nearly opposite the upper Lehigh Valley station.

Borough workmen dug holes about the court house for the setting of the posts for the ornamental electric lights to be installed at the direction of the county commissioners.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1863, Sam Houston, former president of the Republic of Texas, died in Huntsville at age 70.

In 1882, the Richard Wagner opera "Parsifal" premiered in Bayreuth (BY'-royt), Germany.

In 1908, Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte ordered creation of a force of special agents that was a forerunner of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1912, the Edison Studios production "What Happened to Mary," one of the first, if not very first, movie serials, was released with Mary Fuller in the title role.

In 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy on America's fourth manned mission to the moon. Photographer Diane Arbus died in New York at age 48.

In 1986, kidnappers in Lebanon released the Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco, an American hostage held for nearly 19 months. American statesman W. Averell Harriman died in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., at age 94.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Marjorie Lord is 95. Actor James Best is 87. Actress-singer Darlene Love is 72. Actress Susan George is 63. Rock singer Gary Cherone (sher-OWN') is 52. Actress Sandra Bullock is 49. Rock musician Dan Konopka (OK Go) is 39. Christian rock musician Jamie Sharpe (Rush of Fools) is 24.