Today is Saturday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2013. There are 101 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 21, 1912, magician Harry Houdini first publicly performed his so-called Chinese Water Torture Cell trick at the Circus Busch in Berlin, escaping after being immersed upside-down in a vertical water tank, his ankles secured in a set of stocks which made up the tank lid, which was locked into place.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Emily Brockway and her mother Janet were well prepared with an umbrella to wait for Janet's children to come home from school in the rainstorms.

A veto for a zoning amendment and ordinance to allow 25 townhouses and office to be built on a property owned by the First Church of God was upheld in a 4-2 vote at a Sayre Borough Council meeting.

Troy Borough Councilman Harry Ross submitted a letter of resignation.

50 years ago - 1963

William G. Avery Jr., of Troy RD 3 was honored by Future Farmers of America members at a special ceremony at Troy High School.

Best animals from six Pennsylvania regional dairy shows competed in the eighth annual Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show.

The county commissioners announced the appointment of John T. Kielty Jr. of Towanda as caseworker on the staff of the Bradford County Child Welfare Services.

75 years ago - 1938

The first step to refund the former Bradford County Poor District indebtedness of $300,000 through a bond issue was made by the county commissioners.

Preceding the district meeting of the Rebekah lodges of Bradford County, the District Deputy President's Association honored Bessie Stone and other assembly officers.

A meeting was held at the school house in East Smithfield for all of those interested in joining a night class in typing and other commercial subjects.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial, written anonymously by Francis P. Church, which declared, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

In 1962, "The Jack Paar Program," a weekly, prime-time show that followed Paar's stint on "The Tonight Show," began a three-year run.

In 1970, "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.

Today's Birthdays: Poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen is 79. Actor-comedian Bill Murray is 63. Retired MLB All-Star Cecil Fielder is 50. Actor Luke Wilson is 42. Actress Maggie Grace is 30. Rapper Wale (WAH'-lay) is 29. Actors Nikolas and Lorenzo Brino are 15.