Today is Friday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2013. There are 102 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

At the request of residents living in the Troy Heights area, action was taken after additional research concerning the paving of the Woodland Drive extension.

Marge and Ferdie Marek of Lopez presented "Polka Night at the Chalet" at the 220 Swiss Chalet in Laporte.

Ken and Bessie Ward presented a musical program for the Towanda Area Senior Citizens Club at their meeting at Wysox Presbyterian Church.

50 years ago - 1963

The appointment of two physicians to the staff of the Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Clinic Ltd. was announced by W. E. Lehr, President of the Board of Managers of Guthrie Clinic Ltd.

Camptown Boy Scout Troop No. 4 conducted a paper drive.

The Senior Girl Scouts of Towanda completed their reorganization on a mixed age level basis and began their year's work under the new program.

75 years ago - 1938

Judge Arthur H.James, Republican candidate for governor, carried his campaign into Bradford County, speaking at Sayre then going to Towanda for a rally in the court house.

Twenty-nine teachers were employed by the Troy Borough School District, according to a report filed with County Superintendent J. Andrew Morrow.

The members of Girl Scout Troop No. 1 held their weekly meeting.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1884, the National Equal Rights Party was formed during a convention of suffragists in San Francisco; the convention nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood for president.

In 1911, the British liner RMS Olympic collided with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Hawke off the Isle of Wight; although seriously damaged, the Olympic was able to return to Southampton under its own power.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Gogi Grant is 89. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Taylor is 78. Actress Debbi Morgan is 62. Country-rock musician Joseph Shreve (Flynnville Train) is 52. Rock musician Ben Shepherd is 45. Rapper Yung Joc is 31. Actor Aldis Hodge is 27.