Today is Thursday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2013. There are 68 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 24, 1962, a naval quarantine of Cuba ordered by President John F. Kennedy went into effect during the missile crisis; the blockade was aimed at interdicting the delivery of offensive weapons to the island.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago -- 1988

The Keystone Theatre became a performing arts center once again this past weekend as 900 persons attended The Winding River Players production of Arsenic and Old Lace. This was the premier performance at the theatre for the Bradford County Regional Arts Council which plans to restore the building.

Yesterday's second annual Turkey Walk in Towanda, a fund-raider from the American Heart Association, raised approximately $2,000 from pledges of the 29 participants. Setting a few record for walking 10 miles in the two-hour walk were four people, Wendy Vargason, Barbi Moore, Tony Eltringham and Jaboss McGuire.

Rod Spaulding, co-owner of Sims and Spalding Inc., an automobile dealership in Troy, was injured on Satruday while running the 35 lap of a race he had entered at Rougemont Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. Spalding was listed in critical condition by a spokesperson at Duke University Medical Center last night. He sustained head injuries in the racing accident and was taken by helicopter to the medical center, where he is in the intensive care unit.

50 years ago - 1963

Mark A. Herner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Herner of 27 Walnut St., Towanda, enlisted in the Coast Guard on October 15.

Appointment of Francies W. Morris of Waverly, as manager of Pennsylvania Electric Company's Sayre district, is announced by John F. Beirne, Penelec vice-president.

Robert L. Bennett Jr., son of Attorney and Mrs. Rboert L. Bennett of 209 York Ave., has received the highest award that a Boy Scout can achieve, the Eagle Scout Award.

75 years ago -- 1938

Waverly Lodge of Moose will hold and "Old Time" initiation next Thursday night, Oct. 27, according to Dictator L. F. Smith. Besides the large class of local candidates to be initiated, Elmira lodge will join with Waverly lodge and expect to bring down a class of 12 candidates for initiation. Drill Master C.A. Robinson is whipping the Drill Team into shape and a "stellar" performance is expected.

Mrs. Robert Turner delightfully entertained at a one o'clock luncheon and cards at her home in Canton Saturday in honor of Mrs. Maxine Watson. Worthy Matron of Towanda Chapter No. 76, O.E. 8.

Because of high standing in his subjects at Holly Cross seminar, Notre Dame, where he is studying for the priesthood, Robert Tack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christ Tack of Tonawanda, N.Y., has been awarded a scholarship fo $250 and an additional $25 for personal expenses. Mr. Tack is well known here where he often visits his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Barolow, of Packer Avenue.

One year ago: The San Francisco Giants took the first game of the World Series, 8-3, over the Detroit Tigers, as Pablo Sandoval became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Hurricane Sandy roared across Jamaica and toward Cuba, before taking aim on the eastern United States. On a 40-hour tour of a half-dozen battleground states, President Barack Obama predicted that a second term would bring quick agreement with Republicans to reduce federal deficits and overhaul immigration laws.

Today's Birthdays: Football Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle is 87. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 77. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 74. Movie director-screenwriter David S. Ward is 68. Actor Kevin Kline is 66. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may) is 65.

Country musician Billy Thomas (Terry McBride and the Ride) is 60. Actor Doug Davidson is 59. Actor B.D. Wong is 53. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 34. Singer-actress Monica Arnold is 33. Actress/comedian Casey Wilson is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Adrienne Bailon (3lw) is 30. R&B singer-rapper-actor Drake is 27. Actress Shenae Grimes is 24.

Thought for Today: "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind." -- Bertrand Russell, English philosopher (1872-1970).