Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2013. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 8, 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The First United Methodist Church of Sayre, which sustained smoke and water damage in a fire on Saturday, June 4, is being cleaned up in the hope that services will be held there soon, according to Rev. Earl Roberts III. The church is currently holding their Sunday services at the Sayre Presbyterian Church.

The dry weather has reached a critical stage in its effect on Bradford County crops, according to both area farmers and agriculturists. As each day posses, area farmers, gardeners and lawn watchers are looking toward the sky for a sign of rain to end Bradford County's current spell of dry weather which has left corn crops stunted, oat crops thirsty and lawn areas brown.

Tony de Los Angeles, 9, of Philadelphia recently enjoyed a ride at the Western Sullivan Counties Annual Firemen's Carnival in Forksville. The fair will continue through Saturday, and will conclude with a fireworks display that evening. The carnival benefits fire companies from Eldersville, Hillsgrove, Forksville and Shunk.

50 years ago - 1963

A highway fatality late yesterday in Sullivan County gave Pennsylvania the dubious honor of leading the nation in holiday weekend deaths.

The Franklin Engine Company emerged victorious in the Penn-York Firemen's Association contests on Saturday. To claim first prize, they had to defeat a number of teams from throughout the area.

Miss Sue Corl, Laurel Festival queen, entertained the members of her senior class at SRU at her home in Milan over the weekend.

75 years ago - 1938

Property owners along the Towanda-Wysox Road met last night in order to get new data on the proposed highway.

A patriotic program is scheduled for the Wilmot Grange at their regular monthly meeting tonight.

State police arrested three Connecticut youth for getting an unspecified amount of gas in Laporte and not paying for it. They were turned over to the Laporte police.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: In Senegal at the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, President George W. Bush called American slavery one of history's greatest crimes as he stood at the very spot where hundreds of thousands of Africans had been bought and sold like cargo. A factory worker opened fire at a Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Miss., leaving five dead before committing suicide. Twenty-nine-year-old Iranian twins joined at the head died following surgery in Singapore to separate them. A triple-deck ferry capsized in Bangladesh; more than 500 people drowned. A Sudanese Boeing 737 crashed on the northeastern Red Sea coast, killing 117 people.

Five years ago: A bipartisan group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher released a study saying the next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees. A well-organized assault by gunmen on horseback on a United Nations-African Union patrol in Darfur left seven peacekeepers dead and 22 wounded.

One year ago: A bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed six NATO service members on a day where a total of 29 people died from roadside bombs and insurgent attacks. In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises to simulate defending the country against outside "aggression." Roger Federer equaled Pete Sampras' record of seven men's singles titles at the All England Club and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Na Yeon Choi of South Korea won the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, 95, died in Los Angeles.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Jerry Vale is 83. Singer Steve Lawrence is 78. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 69. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 67. Actress Kim Darby is 66.

Children's performer Raffi is 65. Actress Anjelica Huston is 62. Writer Anna Quindlen is 61. Actor Kevin Bacon is 55. Actor Robert Knepper is 54. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 52. Country singer Toby Keith is 52. Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 52. Rock singer Joan Osborne is 51. Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 51. Actor Rocky Carroll is 50. Actor Corey Parker is 48. Actor Billy Crudup is 45. Actor Michael Weatherly is 45. Singer Beck is 43. Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 43. Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 38. Actor Milo Ventimiglia (MEE'-loh vehn-tih-MEEL'-yuh) is 36. Rock musician Tavis Werts is 36. Singer Ben Jelen (YEL'-in) is 34. Actor Lance Gross is 32. Actress Sophia Bush is 31. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 28. Actor Jake McDorman is 27. Actor Jaden Smith is 15.