Today is Thursday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2013. There are 75 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 17, 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Franklindale Fire Department and Monroe Hose Company presented commendations from the Learn Not to Burn (L.N.T.B.) Foundation to two area youths.

Work that was being done for a parking lot for the Valley located at the site of the railroad walking bridge past the intersections of Desmond and West Lockhart streets and Lehigh Avenue continued at a slow pace.

Kris VanderBurg prepared her dog for judging in the Fall Match Show of the Susquehanna Valley Kennel Club at the Blue Swan Airport in Sayre.

50 years ago - 1963

A mending session was held at the Towanda Township School.

The Methodist Men of the Hornbrook, Rome, Litchfield and Athens parishes had their monthly meeting.

The annual membership and fund campaign of the Bradford-Sullivan Chapter of American Red Cross in the Canton area was underway with solicitation of business establishments.

75 years ago - 1938

The F.F.A. class of Troy served a chicken dinner at the high school.

The Ladies' Auxiliary of the M. E. Church held its regular meeting.

The Epworth League held a candlelight service at the Methodist church in connection with the usual evening of service.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1610, French King Louis XIII, age 9, was crowned at Reims, five months after the assassination of his father, Henry IV.

In 1711, Jupiter Hammon, the first black poet to have his work published in America, was born on Long Island, N.Y., into a lifetime of slavery.

In 1807, Britain declared it would continue to reclaim British-born sailors from American ships and ports regardless of whether they held U.S. citizenship.

In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.

In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearny was damaged by a German torpedo off the coast of Iceland; 11 people died.

In 1987, first lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Marsha Hunt is 96. Actress Julie Adams is 87. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 71. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 64. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 50. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) is 42. Rock musician Sergio Andrade (an-DRAY'-day) is 36. Actor Chris Lowell is 29.