Today is Thursday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2013. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 28, 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

A dozen members of the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Mecial Service conducted a training session and drill recently at Phil Jaewett's Auto Parts in Rome. The training was conducted by Carol Thoman and Peggy Bennett and involved a simulated auto accident in previously wrecked vehicles supplied by Jewett.

A Christmas tree lighting and caroling was sponsored by the New Albany Chamber of Commerce and the New Albany Community Club, to honor Ivan Hugo, the oldest New Albany businessman, who lit the tree.

Northeast Bradford student council members and their advisor attended the 52nd annual State Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils on November 10 to 12. Among those who attended included Dawn Horton, Mary Gibbs, Laura Evans and Robert McCracken.

75 years ago - 1938

The sub-zero weather that gripped this section over the weekend took the life of Frank Benjamin, 43, of Marcy Hill, Monroe Township, whose frozen body was found in the snow drifts about three-quarters of a mile from his home at 8 o'clock Saturday morning.

President Henry Dunn of the Chamber of Commerce announced last night that he has appointed Ted Tompkins chairman of the committee in charge of the annual Christmas Store Decorating Contest in Towanda.

An open letter to Santa Claus: "Dear Santa Claus: Towanda is planning to have a great time again this Christmas and would like to have you come and help us start the celebrations. It always makes everyone so happy, especially the kiddies, when you come to town. If you will come, we will meet you with a band like we have in other years and we will have a small parade up Main Street and the town will be all decorated too. Please let me know when you are coming and we will make our plans to fit yours. And Santa, just one more suggestion. The kiddies always get a big thrill out of it when you bring along some gift boxes of candy for them. Please do it again this year, if you can. Hoping to hear from you soon. We are TOWANDA C. OF C. COMMITTEE.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: President Bush returned to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, after a secret, nearly 36-hour journey that took him to Iraq for a Thanksgiving visit with U.S. troops.

Five years ago: Indian forces fired grenades at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel, the last stand of suspected Muslim militants, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead. (The 60-hour rampage in Mumbai came to an end the following day.) Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh with a gun tucked into his waistband at a New York nightclub (Burress was later sentenced to two years in prison for a weapons conviction).

One year ago: Numbers were drawn for a Powerball jackpot totaling $579.9 million, the largest Powerball prize in history; there were two winning tickets. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his state would need nearly $37 billion to recover and rebuild from Superstorm Sandy and that the state would seek federal aid to cover most of the expenses.

Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 84. Former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., is 77. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 73. Singer Randy Newman is 70. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 67. Movie director Joe Dante is 66. "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 64. Actor Ed Harris is 63. Former NASA teacher in space Barbara Morgan is 62. Actress S. Epatha (eh-PAY'-thah) Merkerson is 61. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is 60. Country singer Kristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 57. Actor Judd Nelson is 54. Movie director Alfonso Cuaron (kwahr-OHN') is 52. Rock musician Matt Cameron is 51. Actress Jane Sibbett is 51. Comedian Jon Stewart is 51. Actress Garcelle Beauvais (gar-SEHL' boh-VAY') is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dawn Robinson is 45. Hip-hop musician apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas) is 39. Actor Ryan Kwanten is 37. Actress Aimee Garcia is 35. Rapper Chamillionaire is 34. Actor Daniel Henney is 34. Rock musician Rostam Batmanglij (bot-man-GLEESH') (Vampire Weekend) is 30. Rock singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) is 30. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is 29. R&B singer Trey Songz is 29. Actress Scarlett Pomers ("Reba") is 25.

Thought for Today: "Great minds have purposes; others have wishes." - Washington Irving, American author (1783-1859).