Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2013. There are 172 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 12, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Medal of Honor.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Wyalusing Borough Council eliminated parking on the south side of Route 6 from Second Street to Canal Street.

The Sayre Borough Council approved a motion to hire one additional full-time officer for the Sayre Police Department.

A Nichols man charged in a 1986 fatality entered a guilty plea to a stop sign violation and was fined $25 and directed to pay court costs by the Bradford County at his court appearance.

50 years ago - 1963

A dance was held from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for members and guests of the Towanda Country Club.

Inclement weather forced the postponement of the Beauty Queen for the Canton Firemen's Fair.

The Wyalusing Valley FFA chapter held its first summer meeting at the Earl Browning farm

75 years ago - 1938

At the weekly meeting for the Towanda Rotary, Herman Rockman whose term was president expired July 1, made his farewell speech and turned the gaval over to Norman Aten, the incoming president.

Plans for the annual outing of the Bradford County Sportsmen's Association were perfected at a meeting of the committee in charge in the court house.

Harold Wolcott of Sayre pleaded guilty to a gambling charge

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1543, England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

In 1690, forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)

In 1943, the World War II tank battle of Prokhorovka between German invaders and Soviet defenders took place with no clear victor.

In 1948, the Democratic national convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack on Washington.

In 1973, actor Lon Chaney, Jr., 67, died in San Clemente, Calif.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, "There are many things in life that are not fair."

In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running-mate.

In 1993, some 200 people were killed when an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck northern Japan and triggered a tsunami. In Somalia, a mob enraged by a deadly United Nations attack on the compound of Mohamed Farrah Aidid killed an Associated Press photographer and three employees of Reuters.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Monte Hellman is 84. Singer-musician Christine McVie is 70. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 62. Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 51. Rapper Magoo is 40. Country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 30. Actor Erik Per Sullivan is 22. Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber is 18.