Today is Thursday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2013. There are 82 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 10, 1962, President John F. Kennedy, responding to the thalidomide birth defects crisis, signed an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requiring pharmaceutical companies to prove that their products were safe and effective prior to marketing.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Frank Alteri and the Sayre Borough Council president Eugene Paluzi conducted tours through the renovated borough hall.

Denise Campbell won homecoming queen for Athens High School.

The slogan on the booklets accompanying the Ingersoll-Rand Company's open house held at its Athens plant stated: "Moving Toward the 21st Century."

50 years ago - 1963

The fall meeting of District 3 Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania was held at the Methodist church in Montrose.

Between 4,500 and 5,000 bales of hay were destroyed by fire and water at the Max Dewing farm near Warren Center.

To open the adult home economics extension program for the new season, home-maker groups from throughout the county assembled in court room number 2 of the court house to hear Attorney Donald Reuter talk on "Woman's Role in Family Business Affairs."

75 years ago - 1938

Women of Camptown, Stevensville and vicinity interested in extension work met at the home of Nellie Simpson.

Cherry Township school board publicly opened all bids on its proposed building program at a meeting in the high school.

The observance of Fire Prevention Week afforded a timely opportunity for schools to give particular emphasis to the proper procedures of fire drills.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Md.

In 1911, Chinese revolutionaries launched an uprising which led to the collapse of the Qing (or Manchu) Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. California voters approved Proposition 4, giving women the right to vote, and Proposition 7, which established the initiative process for proposing and enacting new laws.

In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike.

In 1935, the George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess," featuring an all-black cast, opened on Broadway; it ran for 124 performances.

In 1938, Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland (soo-DAYT'-uhn-land).

In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after the official was refused seating in a Howard Johnson's restaurant near Dover, Del.

In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, entered into force.

Today's Birthdays: Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 83. Actor Peter Coyote is 72. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 60. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 50. Actor/TV host Mario Lopez is 40. Race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 39. Singer Cherie is 29.