Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2013. There are 77 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 15, 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Bradford County Auditors Shirley Greenough, Marjorie Hulslander and Gus Spentzas have announced the election of their solicitor, James A. Pruyne of Towanda, as solicitor for the Pennsylvania State Association of County Auditors.

Interest in the upcoming presidential campaign was cited as the likely reason for the increase in voter registrations recorded in Bradford County during the sign-up period since the primary election. A preliminary count shows 26,838 Bradford countians eligible to vote on Nov. 8, Iona Bidlack, who heads voter registration duties this county reports.

A canine tattoo clinic is being planned for Oct. 15 at the Blue Swan Airport along Mile Lane road in conjunction with the Susquehanna Valley Kennel Club Dog Match.

50 years ago - 1963

Miss Ellen Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Taylor of Wyalusing, was the op point winner Saturday in the second annual horse show held at Herbert Wells Riding Academy in French Asylum.

Miss Barbara VanNoy has been chosen by her classmates and the Troy High faculty as DAR Good Citizen of the Year.

Mrs. Edward Sterling reports that on Saturday last she saw a large bear in the back yard of her home at Liberty Corners. This is the third bear to be seen in the are over the weekend.

75 years ago - 1938

Mark P. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott of Troy, will receive the American Farmer degree at the national convention of the Future Farmers of America in Kansas City next week, it was announced.

Towanda High School's gridders yesterday afternoon crushed the 1938 edition of the Tunkhannock High School eleven on the local athletic field by the score of 27-0. The performance of all the Towanda players was excellent. Captain "Dib" Chamberlain more than got even from the broken nose suffered at Tunkhannock a year ago, playing a hard tackling game all the way.

Mrs. George C. Macfarlane and Miss Ruth Macfarlane returned from visiting in Clarksburg, W. Va.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.

In 1937, the Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have and Have Not" was first published by Charles Scribner's Sons.

In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering (GEH'-reeng) fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed.

In 1951, the classic sitcom "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS with the episode "The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub."

In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev (KROOSH'-chef) had been removed from office.

In 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country as part of a "moratorium" against the Vietnam War.

Today's Birthdays: Former auto executive Lee Iacocca is 89. Actress-director Penny Marshall is 70. Actor-comedian Larry Miller is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ginuwine is 43. Tennis player Elena Dementieva is 32. Actor Vincent Martella ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 21. Actress Bailee Madison ("Trophy Wife") is 14.