Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2013. There is one day left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 30, 1813, British troops burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Sullivan County to host 50 mile dog sled race in the Wysox State Forest near Eagles Mere, sponsored by the Endless Mountains Association.

The Trustees of the Sayre Public Library acknowledge the receipt of memorial books and gifts.

Kathryn Wilcox of New Albany was one of 132 Susquehanna University students recently honored at the University Scholars dinner.

50 years ago - 1963

The Rome Vigilante Engine Co. held its election of officers for the year of 1964.

Towanda's traditional Charity Ball, was staged recently at the S.C.I. Community Center and was an outstanding success.

Tuscarora Township School Board will meet at the home of Mrs. Dorothy Culver.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

In 1860, 10 days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the state militia seized the United States Arsenal in Charleston.

In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.

In 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first "sit-down" strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.)

In 1940, California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened by Gov. Culbert L. Olson.

In 1948, the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" opened on Broadway.

In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

In 1993, Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other.

In 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees. (John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he died in prison, an apparent suicide.)

In 2006, Iraqis awoke to news that Saddam Hussein had been hanged; victims of his three decades of autocratic rule took to the streets to celebrate.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration announced it was banning the sale of ephedra, and urged consumers to immediately stop using the herbal stimulant linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.

Five years ago: A defiant Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) named former state Attorney General Roland Burris to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member. (Burris was sworn in as a U.S. senator the following month.)

One year ago: Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders in Connecticut as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. A bus crashed on an icy Oregon highway, killing nine passengers and injuring almost 40 on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Joseph Bologna is 79. Actress Concetta Tomei (toh-MAY') is 68. TV personality Meredith Vieira is 60. "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer is 56. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 54. Actress Meredith Monroe is 44. Golfer Tiger Woods is 38. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 31. NBA player LeBron James is 29. Pop-rock musician Jamie Follese (FAHL'-es-ay) (Hot Chelle (shel) Rae) is 22.

Thought for Today: "Work is a dull thing; you cannot get away from that. The only agreeable existence is one of idleness, and that is not, unfortunately, always compatible with continuing to exist at all." - Rose Macaulay, English poet and essayist (1881-1958).