Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2013. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 18, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a commission naming Rabbi Jacob Frankel of Rodeph Shalom Congregation in Philadelphia the first Jewish chaplain of the U.S. Army.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Hundreds of archers from Pennsylvania and neighboring stated attended various activities and competitions at the 32nd Annual Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival held at the Forksville Fairgrounds in Sullivan County.

Fans at the Canton-Montgomery high school football game braved the wet weather.

The last Hops chicken barbecue was held at Herrickville Firehall and Thomas's Texaco in LeRaysville.

50 years ago - 1963

Towanda Borough Council turned down the only sealed bid received on office furniture and equipment at a special meeting.

All who were interested in the wellfare of animals and their treatment were requested to rally and support the Susquehanna Valley Humane Society.

Plans for the upcoming year were developed at a dinner meeting of the Towanda Business and Professional Women's Club held at the Crystal Springs Restaurant in North Towanda.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the formation of a national junta.

In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.

In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment, went into effect.

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1981, a museum honoring former President Gerald R. Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, Mich.

In 1990, the city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The organized crime drama "GoodFellas," directed by Martin Scorsese, had its U.S. premiere in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Fred Willard is 80. Actor Eddie Jones is 79. Basketball coach Rick Pitino is 61. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 51. Actor James Marsden is 40. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 38. Actors Taylor and Brandon Porter are 20. Actor C.J. Sanders is 17.