Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Thousands turned out for a belated Fourth of July bash and fireworks display in East Smithfield recently.

Northeast Bradford Senior Future Homemakers Association provided assistance at the Bradford County Manor during the 1988-89 school year.

50 years ago - 1964

The Governor declared seven northeastern counties drought disaster areas recently in an effort to obtain federal relief for farmers hit by dry weather.

Seven music groups comprised of 50 or more musicians from the Endless Mountain area participated in what has become know as a "Hootananny."

The Fourth of July weekend at the Bradford County Outboard Motorboat Club was an eventful one for the many busy campers and their guests.

75 years ago - 1939

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: The Group of Eight industrialized nations opened their summit in L'Aquila, Italy, to Group of Five developing countries Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, as well as Egypt. The Dutch government turned over dozens of antiquities stolen from Iraq to Baghdad's ambassador. Byrd and Melanie Billings, a wealthy couple in Escambia County, Florida, were murdered during a home invasion robbery (seven men were later convicted for their roles in the killings; one was sentenced to death as the ringleader). Michael Phelps broke the then-world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis, swimming the two-lap final in 50.22 seconds.

One year ago: Egypt's military-backed interim leader, Adly Mansour, named economist Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister, ending days of political deadlock. Francesco Schettino, the former captain of the luxury liner Costa Concordia, went on trial for the 2012 shipwreck off Giglio that claimed 32 lives. A massive memorial service in Arizona honored 19 members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots who died when a wind-fueled, out-of-control fire overran them. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan, were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame; they were joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and the late Fred Shero, the coach who'd led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Ed Ames is 87. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is 82. Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is 81. Actor James Hampton is 78. Actor Brian Dennehy is 76. Actor Richard Roundtree is 72. Author Dean Koontz is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer O.J. Simpson is 67. Actor Chris Cooper is 63. TV personality John Tesh is 62. Country singer David Ball is 61. Business executive/TV personality Kevin O'Leary (TV: "Shark Tank") is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 60. Actor Jimmy Smits is 59.

Actress Lisa Banes is 59. Actor Tom Hanks is 58. Singer Marc Almond is 57. Actress Kelly McGillis is 57. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 55. Actress-rock singer Courtney Love is 50. Rock musician Frank Bello (Anthrax) is 49. Actor David O'Hara is 49. Rock musician Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) is 46. Actor Scott Grimes is 43. Actor Enrique Murciano is 41. Musician/producer Jack White is 39. Rock musician Dan Estrin (Hoobastank) is 38. Actor-director Fred Savage is 38. Country musician Pat Allingham is 36. Actress Megan Parlen is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kiely Williams (3lw) is 28. Actor Mitchel (cq) Musso is 23. Actress Georgie Henley is 19.