Today is Tuesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2013. There are 84 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in several communities in Michigan.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Contestants for the 1988 Bradford-Sullivan Jr. Miss title had their final rehearsal.

Rev-Up committee members Charmaine Stemple and her husband David put some finishing touches on the Towanda Airport for the third annual Fall Foliage Festival.

Twenty-eight Bradford County 4-H Horse and Pony Club members participated in the 1988 District IV 4-H Horse and Pony Show in Lehman.

50 years ago - 1963

A trash fire developing into a major forest blaze called three fire companies and a crew of firefighters led by Bradford County Fire Warden Corliss Howard to the John Beirne residence at Liberty Corners.

The first of a series of seminars to be conducted by Memorial Hospital physicians and staff to help teach life-saving was conducted.

The Wyalusing Musical Society met at the home of Mrs. Charles Welles with 29 members and two guests present.

75 years ago - 1938

The Knights of Columbus held the second in a series of social affairs at Liberty Corners.

Asylum 4-H Club held its annual round-up in Asylum Grange Hall at Durell.

The Towanda Chamber of Commerce's annual membership drive was held.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1869, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce (puhrs), died in Concord, N.H.

In 1918, U.S. Army Cpl. Alvin C. York led an attack that killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 others in the Argonne Forest in France.

In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for murder in the death of the son of Charles A. Lindbergh.

In 1944, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, made its debut on CBS Radio.

In 1967, former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee died in London at age 84.

In 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

In 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.

In 1992, former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt died in Unkel, Germany, at age 78.

Today's Birthdays: Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett is 77. Actor Dale Dye is 69. Actress Kim Wayans is 52. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 43. Actress Kristanna Loken is 34. Actress Molly Quinn is 20.