Today is Saturday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2013. There are 66 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 26, 1861, the legendary Pony Express officially ceased operations, giving way to the transcontinental telegraph. (The last run of the Pony Express was completed the following month.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The members of the Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary planned their annual dance.

Timothy L. Taylor, son of Dawn H. Russell of Nichols was appointed a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

A Halloween party replaced trick-or-treating in West Franklin.

50 years ago - 1963

All juniors and seniors in Bradford County and Waverly, N.Y., were invited to participate in the 16th annual Hire-the-Handicapped Essay Contest.

The retail division of the Towanda Chamber of Commerce convened at Lafy's Grill.

The Philathea Class met at the home of Mrs. Ethel Noble with Mrs. Emma Barnes as assisting hostess.

75 years ago - 1938

Revival meetings were held in the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Armenia Mountain.

A Republican really was held in the auditorium of Canton High School.

The Liberty Corners Grange masquerade party was highly successful.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

In 1881, the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" took place in Tombstone, Ariz.

In 1911, "The Queen of Gospel," singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson, was born in New Orleans.

In 1972, national security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.

In 1982, the medical drama "St. Elsewhere" premiered on NBC.

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Edward Brooke III, R-Mass., is 94. Actress Shelley Morrison is 77. Rock musician Keith Strickland (The B-52's) is 60. Singer Natalie Merchant is 50. Writer-producer Seth MacFarlane (TV: "Family Guy") is 40. Actor Jonathan Chase is 34. Olympic silver medal figure skater Sasha Cohen is 29.