Today is Friday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2013. There are 81 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council, also known as "Vatican 2."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Sayre Borough Council members discussed the feasibility of burning papers in the borough.

Chris Sullivan, representing the Wysox Parent Teacher Organization executive board, read a letter to the Towanda Board of Education at the board meeting that requested the board "make a solid commitment to the busing problems of the Wysox school."

South Main Street residents turned out in force at the Athens Borough Council meeting questioning the borough's right-of-way in laying sewer lines through that street.

50 years ago - 1963

The teachers of the Troy Community Joint Schools had their first workshop at the high school.

Members of the Wyalusing Boy Scouts Troop 8 participated in the hike and camporee on Armenia Mountain.

The October meeting of Monroe Borough Council was well attended.

75 years ago - 1938

The Standing Stone Democratic club met at the Charles Hunt tenant house.

Some 30 of the musically talented youngsters and oldsters from Monroeton and vicinity met in the Presbyterian hall and organized the Monroeton Community Orchestra.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 1 held their weekly meeting at the kindergarten building.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1811, the first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana (built by John Stevens), was put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.

In 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate forces led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart looted the town of Chambersburg, Pa.

In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis, Mo.

In 1932, the first American political telecast took place as the Democratic National Committee sponsored a program from a CBS television studio in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Earle Hyman is 87. Country singer Gene Watson is 70. Actor David Morse is 60. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 51. Figure skater Kyoko Ina is 41. Actor Trevor Donovan is 35. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 28.