Today is Wednesday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2013. There are 62 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 30, 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. (The live drama, which employed fake breaking news reports, panicked some listeners who thought the portrayal of a Martian invasion was real.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

A huge crowd packed the Ulster Fire Hall for the annual Ulster Craft Show.

Twenty cub scouts from Pack Three in Canton received Bobcat Badges at an awards ceremony.

The Political Action Committee of the Pennsylvania Medical Society presented a check to State Sen. Roger Madigan's campaign on behalf of the County Medical Society

50 years ago - 1963

The senior class of S.R. U. High school presented their annual class play.

The County Board of Elections revealed that 91 civilian absentee ballots were issued for the general election.

"Towanda Your Christmas Gift Center," was chose as the theme of the Towanda Retail Merchants' 1963 Christmas shopping promotion.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1735, the second president of the United States, John Adams, was born in Braintree, Mass.

In 1885, poet Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho.

In 1893, the U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to repealing the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.

In 1912, Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died six days before Election Day. (Sherman was replaced with Nicholas Murray Butler, but Taft, the Republican candidate, ended up losing in an Electoral College landslide to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.)

In 1921, the silent film classic "The Sheik," starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in Los Angeles.

In 1944, the Martha Graham ballet "Appalachian Spring," with music by Aaron Copland, premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with Graham in a leading role.

In 1945, the U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.

In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb, the "Tsar Bomba," with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb.

In 1972, 45 people were killed when an Illinois Central Gulf commuter train was struck from behind by another train in Chicago's South Side.

In 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (zah-EER'), known as the "Rumble in the Jungle" to regain his world heavyweight title.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter announced his choice of federal appeals judge Shirley Hufstedler to head the newly created Department of Education.

In 1985, schoolteacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe witnessed the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, the same craft that would carry her and six other crew members to their deaths in Jan. 1986.

Ten years ago: The House approved an $87.5 billion package for Iraq and Afghanistan. Four construction workers were killed when an Atlantic City casino parking garage collapsed.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 76. Broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell is 67. Actor Michael Beach is 50. Actress Nia Long is 43. Actor Shaun Sipos (SEE'-pohs) is 32. Actor Tequan Richmond ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 21.