Today is Sunday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2013. There are 121 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Stained Glass, an area youth singing group of the Church of Christ, visited the State Capitol.

The Bradford-Sullivan Pomona Grange met as guests of Sheshequin Grange and the election of Pomona officers for the next two years was held.

Roy Beardslee received the Spirit of 4-H Award at Bradford County Achievement Night.

75 years ago - 1938

The Spring Hill Grange's annual flower show was held in the community hall.

Miss Bernice Bronson of Athens was engaged as teacher of the commercial course at Wyalusing High School.

The Wyalusing Girl Scouts sponsored a benefit dance at the high school auditorium.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1715, following a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France died four days before his 77th birthday.

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.)

In 1902, the Georges Melies (meh-lee-EHZ') short film "Le Voyage dans la lune" (A Trip to the Moon) opened in France.

In 1913, the play "Androcles and the Lion" by George Bernard Shaw had its British debut at the St. James's Theatre in London (it had previously been performed in Berlin).

In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives.

In 1932, New York City Mayor James J. "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigned following charges of graft and corruption in his administration.

In 1942, U.S. District Court Judge Martin I. Welsh, ruling from Sacramento, Calif., on a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Fred Korematsu, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.

In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty.

In 1961, the Soviet Union ended a moratorium on atomic testing with an above-ground nuclear explosion in central Asia. A TWA Lockheed Constellation crashed shortly after takeoff from Chicago's Midway Airport, killing all 78 people on board.

In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace.

One year ago: President Barack Obama ridiculed the just-completed Republican National Convention as better-suited to an era of black-and-white TV and "trickle-down, you're on your own" economics, and declared that Mitt Romney "did not offer a single new idea" for fixing the economy. Lyricist Hal David, 91, who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, died in Los Angeles.

Today's Birthdays: Former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird is 91. Actor George Maharis is 85. Actor Don Stroud is 70. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 63. Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 50. Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira is 42. Country singer Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies) is 37. Rock musician Joe Trohman is 29.