Today is Friday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2013. There are 46 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Waverly mayor Andrew Quinlan signed a court order allowing for the expansion of water and sewer lines to the Food and Drug Research Laboratory (FDRL) on Route 17C in Barton.

A revised 1989 budget for Sayre Borough was brought before members of the Sayre Borough Council at a workshop session.

Towanda Halloween Parade chairman Warren Hassell accepted a $100 donation for the parade fund from Jim Stewart, president of the Towanda Business Association.

50 years ago - 1963

The annual concert of the Laceyville Elementary School was presented in the all-purpose room of the school.

The E.B.O. Men's Chorus of Troy presented a concert at the S.R.U. High School auditorium.

The Junior Women's Club of Towanda held its monthly meeting.

75 years ago - 1938

Under the direction of Lawrence Woodin, a 90-person home talent minstrel show was presented at the Wellsboro Theater.

A local Church Forum was held at the Canton Baptist Church.

All was in readiness for a gigantic demonstration to celebrate the Republican Party's victory at the polls in Sayre.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.

In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as Pikes (cq) Peak in present-day Colorado.

In 1889, Brazil was proclaimed a republic as its emperor, Dom Pedro II, was overthrown.

In 1935, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established as its new president, Manuel L. Quezon, took office.

In 1961, former Argentine President Juan Peron, living in exile in Spain, married his third wife, Isabel.

In 1966, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic.

Today's Birthdays: Judge Joseph Wapner is 94. Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 88. Classical conductor Daniel Barenboim is 71. Director-actor James Widdoes is 60. Comedian Judy Gold is 51. Actress Sydney Tamiia (tuh-MY'-yuh) Poitier is 40. Golfer Lorena Ochoa is 32. Actress Shailene Woodley is 22. Actress-dancer Emma Dumont (TV: "Bunheads") is 19.