Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2013. There are 73 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, to close at 1,738.74.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Bradford County Manor in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission is preparing for a bird watching site for residents. Members of the Troy High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) with Bill Bower of the Game Commission and some volunteers, planted trees and shrubs at the home yesterday in preparation for the erection of the bird feeders.

The Village of Waverly has appointed a new village attorney to fill the post left by Frederick Luther on Sept. 1. "Daniel J. Barrett was appointed as village attorney after the Waverly Board of Trustees meeting last week," said Dorris Gressel, village clerk. "He was appointed following an executive session at their last meeting, in which the board discussed negotiations for his post."

Proposed plans for Towanda's Central Business District (CBD) were presented by consultants from Campbell Design Group and Young Associates at a public meeting held last night at the Bradford County Courthouse. This meeting represented the official kick-off of Towanda's CBD project.

50 years ago - 1963

James E. Hammond, son of Mrs. Robert Kennedy, Rome RD 1, now serving in Korea with the Army, was recently promoted to Specialist Fourth Class.

Miss Barbara Anne Scheithauer, of North Towanda, recently was awareded key membership in Iota chapter of Sigma Alpha Eta, the national speech and hearing fraternity. Miss Scheithauer is a junior at Bloomsburg State College.

Col. and Mrs. John Beirne returned Wednesday evening to their home in Liberty Corners following a trip to Alaska.

75 years ago - 1938

Anti-New Deal headquarters have been opened at Towanda in the New Park Hotel building on Park Street. The office will be opened all day n charge of a competent director, with supplies of campaign literature.

Mrs. Louis Quillman, who is in her 60s, successfully defied a holdup man on Monday night. A masked man walked into her grocery store at 423 S. Keystone Ave. in Sayre about 8 p.m. He had his hand in a coat pocket. "Hand over your money," he commanded, nodding toward the mysterious pocket. "You're not the only who has a gun," defied Mrs. Quillman,. "I've got a gun right here," and she moved toward the counter drawer. "If you open that drawer, it will be the last thing you do," warned the hand-in-pocket gentleman. She pulled out the drawer. The bandit saw the handle of a revolver. He fled.

Charles "Rickey" Thompson of Towanda is spending 30 days in the county jail because of a disturbance he created at the Mills hospital here Monday evening. Thompson was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Harry N. White after being taken into custody by Deputy Sheriff J. Stuart Essenwine.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, calling him a "transformational figure" during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." The Tampa Bay Rays held off the defending champion Boston Red Sox 3-1 to win the American League championship series in Game 7. Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer famous for his annual worst-dressed list of celebrities, died in Los Angeles at age 86.

One year ago: The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst day in four months, falling 205 points, or 1.5 percent, to 13,344. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 24, or 1.7 percent, to 1,433. And the Nasdaq composite index dropped 67 points to 3,006. The San Francisco Giants cut the Cardinals' lead in the National League Championship Series to 3-2 with a 5-0 victory over St. Louis.

Today's Birthdays: Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Robert S. Strauss is 95. Author John le Carre (luh kah-RAY') is 82. Artist Peter Max is 76. Author and critic Renata Adler is 75. Actor Michael Gambon is 73. Actor John Lithgow (LIHTH'-goh) is 68. Feminist activist Patricia Ireland is 68. Singer Jeannie C. Riley is 68. Rock singer-musician Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) is 65. Talk show host Charlie Chase is 61. Rock singer-musician Karl Wallinger (World Party) is 56.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is 55. Singer Jennifer Holliday is 53. Boxer Evander Holyfield is 51. TV host Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") is 49. Rock singer-musician Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 48. Actor Jon Favreau is 47. Amy Carter is 46. "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker is 44. Comedian Chris Kattan is 43. Rock singer Pras Michel (The Fugees) is 41. Actor Omar Gooding is 37. Country singer Cyndi Thomson is 37. Writer-director Jason Reitman is 36. Actor Benjamin Salisbury is 33. Actress Gillian Jacobs is 31.