Today is Monday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2013. There are 99 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (The address became known as the "Checkers" speech because of Nixon's on-air reference to the family pet, a dog named Checkers.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago -- 1988

Five candidates have been nominated for the 1988 Sayre Homecoming Queen, who will be crowned at the half-time ceremonies at Sayre during the game between the Sayre Redskins and the Wyalusing Rams. Debbie Ross, Christine Waverly, Janeen Schrann, Stacey Morseman and Jennifer Kozlowski will be competing for the crown.

Richard J. Stetz, local Job Service manager, reported that a proposal of a Job Center at which community residents could come to one location instead of several to obtain needed services is now under study in Bradford County.

Charmaine Stempel was seen putting first, second, and third place ballons on the downtown planters in Towanda, with blue for first, red for second, and white for third.

50 years ago -- 1963

William Hurley, a native of Canton, has been named Dean of Men at Mansfield State College.

Miss Phyllis Isbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Isbell of Ulster, RD2; and Miss Shelia Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh K. Johnston of Towanda RD3, recently entered the Charles S. Wilson Hospital School of Nursing, Johnson City, N.Y.

The Athens High Bulldogs showing awesome power crushed Towanda High's football team 45-0 in Athens on Saturday. Scoring TD's for Athens were Franklin, Mitchell, Weiss, Baker, Tretrault and Watson.

75 years ago -- 1938

Secretary Harry N. White of the Towanda Rod and Gun Club announced last night that a consignment of fish had been received here by the club yesterday and placed in the waters of the Susquehanna River. In the consignament were 1,500 bullheads, 4,000 blue gills, and 1,000 black bass.

The following attended the antique how at the Mark Twain Hotel in Elmira yesterday. Mrs. Mary Coolbaugh of Wysox, Mrs. Carl V.S. Patterson, Miss Mary Patterson and Mr. and Mrs. George H. Boyle of Towanda.

The Park and Shade Tree commissions of Towanda held a meeting in the borough hall last night with Burgess C.S. Lilley and Borough Manager W.T. Howie to talk over several plans for beautifying the community.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1962, "The Jetsons," an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premiered as the ABC television network's first color program.

Ten years ago: Speaking at the United Nations, President George W. Bush rejected calls from France and Germany to hasten the transfer of power in Iraq, insisting the shift to self-government could be "neither hurried nor delayed." A federal appeals court unanimously put California's recall election back on the calendar for October 7.

Five years ago: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) accused what he called "a few bullying powers" of trying to thwart his country's peaceful nuclear program and declared in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly that "the American empire" was nearing collapse. A 22-year-old gunman opened fire at his trade school in Finland, killing 10 people before fatally shooting himself.

One year ago: "Homeland" won the Emmy Award for best drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis each won leading actor awards. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters he would spend less time raising money and more time with voters. The Libyan militia suspected in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans said it had disbanded on orders of the country's president.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Mickey Rooney is 93. Singer Julio Iglesias is 70. Actor Paul Petersen ("The Donna Reed Show") is 68. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 66.

Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 64. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 58. Actress Rosalind Chao is 56. Golfer Larry Mize is 55. Actor Jason Alexander is 54. Actress Elizabeth Pena is 54. Actor Chi McBride is 52. Country musician Don Herron (BR549) is 51. Actor Erik Todd Dellums is 49. Actress LisaRaye is 47. Singer Ani (AH'-nee) DiFranco is 43. Rock singer Sarah Bettens (K's Choice) is 41. Recording executive Jermaine Dupri is 41. Actor Kip Pardue is 37. Actor Anthony Mackie is 35. Pop singer Erik-Michael Estrada ("Making the Band") is 34. Actress Aubrey Dollar is 33. Tennis player Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN') is 22.

Thought for Today: "The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions." -- Susan Sontag, American author and critic (1933-2004).