Today is Sunday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2013. There are 72 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Bradford County Commissioners yesterday approved the hiring of a new chief public defender and Commissioner Chairman William McNett revealed the board is completing negotiations for attorney Casey Castro, the current public defender, to step down to the assistant's post. Theodore E. Hinkley, now assistant district attorney in Franklin County, was given the commissioners' unanimous nod to begin the duties of chief public defender in this county beginning Monday. McNett described him as being "a mature individual" and he is "experienced in the legal profession."

State Rep. J. Scott Chadwick addressed Sister Anne's first grade class yesterday at the Epiphany Elementary school in Sayre. Although these citizens won't be able to vote until the year 2000, Chadwick addressed the students about the upcoming November election and the election process.

Yesterday afternoon, the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) officially gook over the operations of the Keystone Theatre. A ceremony was held at the theatre where Pat Zalinski, president of the BCRAC and the group's attorney, Leslie Wizelman, accepted the signed deed from Beverly and Walter Buffinton, along with their attorney, Frank Innes.

75 years ago - 1938

With the contractor's office and tool room already built, construction is to be started immediately on the new State Highway Department building on York Avenue.

Harrison's Cleaners took three games from Bailey's Buss Terminal in the men's bowling league match played at McCreackens last night, while North Towanda took two out of three from Rice's Dairy. Bob Brennan rolled a 202 game and William Burgess a 215 for North Towanda while Wally Harris scored a 192 for the bus terminal.

Miss Mary Dannemann and Fowler Tuton were weekend guests in Brooklyn N.Y. of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wallace. Mrs. Wallace is formerly Miss Peggy Fitzgerald of Towanda.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: A rising wave of optimism lifted Wall Street, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 400 points on more signs of a reviving credit market and hints from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that the government would take more steps to help the economy. Arkansas TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly was found severely beaten in her Little Rock home; she died several days later. (A suspect, Curtis Vance, faces trial.) Taliban gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan killed Christian aid worker Gayle Williams, a British-South African national. Sister Emmanuelle, a Belgium-born nun who'd lived for years in Cairo's slums, died in Callian, France at age 99.

One year ago: President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney left the campaign trail to spend the weekend preparing for their third and final debate, focusing on foreign policy.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Christopher is 81. Japan's Empress Michiko is 79. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson is 76. Former actress Rev. Mother Dolores Hart is 75. Singer Tom Petty is 63. Actor William "Rusty" Russ is 63. Actress Melanie Mayron is 61.

Retired MLB All-Star Keith Hernandez is 60. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is 58. Movie director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 57. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is 56. Actor Viggo Mortensen is 55. Rock musician Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & The Blowfish) is 49. Rock musician David Ryan is 49. Rock musician Doug Eldridge (Oleander) is 46. Political commentator and blogger Michelle Malkin is 43. Rapper Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) is 42. Singer Dannii Minogue is 42. Singer Jimi Westbrook (country goup Little Big Town) is 42. Country musician Jeff Loberg is 37. Actor Sam Witwer is 36. Actor John Krasinski is 34. Rock musician Daniel Tichenor (Cage the Elephant) is 34. Actress Katie Featherston is 31. Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman is 28.

Thought for Today: "Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude." -- Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887).