Today is Thursday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2013. There are 96 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 26, 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the first attorney general.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The American Heart Association was busy planning its second annual Turkey Walk.

After a successful experimental pilot project in voluntary recycling in Rome Borough, Claws Refuse of Wysox planned on expanding the free pickup of designated recyclable material to the areas of East Towanda, Wysox and Lake Wesauking.

Mansfield University's new student mall was dedicated during Homecoming Weekend activities.

50 years ago - 1963

Three Bradford County high school seniors, and one from Sullivan County, were named semi-finalists in the nationwide competition for Merit Scholarships.

The Towanda Cheerleaders Club sponsored a dance in the high school cafeteria following the football game.

The LeRaysville Women's Fellowship sponsored a bazaar at the LeRaysville community hall the same evening as the Old Home Day

75 years ago - 1938

The first "Fly Up" ceremony since the beginning of the Brownie movement was started in Bradford County was held at the home of Mrs. J. T. Hieber on Huston Street.

A combined fashion and musical show was to be held by the Mendelsohn club of Canton, cooperating with the local and a number of Elmira merchants.

Dr. Arthur W. Booth of Elmira, the chairman of the board of trustees of the American Medical Association, spoke at the September meeting of the Bradford County Medical Society.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

In 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time, at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, N.J.

In 1914, the Federal Trade Commission was established.

In 1918, the Meuse-Argonne offensive, resulting in an Allied victory against the Germans, began during World War I.

In 1937, the radio drama "The Shadow," starring Orson Welles, premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

In 1952, philosopher George Santayana died in Rome at age 88.

In 1955, following word that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst price decline since 1929.

In 1960, the first debate between presidential nominees took place in Chicago as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national TV audience.

In 1986, William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.

Today's Birthdays: Retired baseball All-Star Bobby Shantz is 88. Actor Kent McCord is 71. Actor James Keane is 61. Rock singer-musician Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) is 59. Singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 41. Tennis player Serena Williams is 32.