Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2013. There are 69 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Dogs and cats were used to provided love and therapy for the local elderly at the Keystone Manor in Sayre.

Memorial Hospital, along with the Fine Arts Council of Tory and the Valley arts Society announced a new program designed to feature an area artist and their works.

The "super sitter baby sitter" class was offered by the Robert Packer Hospital to area youth.

50 years ago - 1963

David M. Blocher, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Blocher of North Towanda, was designated as a "Distinguished Military Student" of the ROTC at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.

The S. R. U. Joint PTA meeting was held in the multipurpose room of the Harriet Child Elementary School.

Masons and their ladies to the number of 200 enjoyed the dinner-dance held at the Ingersoll-Rand Employees Club in Athens.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis repelled Confederate Gen. Sterling Price's army in the Civil War Battle of Westport in Missouri.

In 1910, Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In 1915, tens of thousands of women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

In 1941, the Walt Disney animated feature "Dumbo" premiered in New York.

In 1942, during World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein (el ah-lah-MAYN') in Egypt, resulting in an Allied victory.

In 1954, West Germany was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which it did the following year.

In 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary's Communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down within weeks.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica.

In 1980, the resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin (koh-SEE'-gihn) was announced.

In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.

In 1991, Cambodia's warring factions and representatives of 18 other nations signed a peace treaty in Paris.

In 2001, The nation's anthrax scare hit the White House with the discovery of a small concentration of spores at an offsite mail processing center. President George W. Bush announced he had authorized money for improved post office security following the deaths of two postal workers from inhalation anthrax.

Ten years ago: As thousands of anti-war demonstrators protested outside, President George W. Bush thanked Australia for sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan as he spoke to the country's Parliament. Later in the day, the president concluded his Pacific trip with a visit to Hawaii, where he dropped flowers into the water at the sunken battleship USS Arizona. Madame Chiang Kai-shek, widow of the Chinese nationalist leader, died in New York at age 105. In Game 5 of the World Series, the Florida Marlins beat the New York Yankees 6-4, bringing the team within one game of winning the baseball championship.

Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is 82. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 70. Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 54. Actress Vivian Bang (TV: "Sullivan & Son") is 40. Rock singer Matthew Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 30. Actress Jessica Stroup is 27.