Today is Monday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2014. There are 233 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Canton Elementary students, Tara Atherton-Ely, Brenda Wolcott, Todd Dietrick and Jason Wilcox participated in an 80 member chorus in the Elementary All Star Sing held at the Lycoming Mall in Williamsport.

Miss Elizabeth A. Vanderpool, daughter of Richard and Charlene Vanderpool of Burlington, has been accepted as a state finalist in the Miss Pennsylvania American Co-Ed Pageant.

Troy High School Band members won several trophies at the "Music in the Parks" festival held in Allentown recently.

50 years ago - 1964

Collectors of stamps and coins will be interested in the exhibit at the Towanda Public Library loaned by B.S. Thamurthy, a native of Bengalore, India.

The seniors of St. Agnes High School gave an excellent performance of the play, "Don't Take My Penny," to a delighted audience in the school auditorium recently.

75 years ago - 1939

Honor students of the senior class of Warren Township were announced by Principal Earle Bidlack.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered to British forces.

In 1870, an act creating the Canadian province of Manitoba was given royal assent, to take effect in July.

In 1914, author and broadcast journalist Howard K. Smith was born in Ferriday, Louisiana.

In 1922, a 20-ton meteor crashed near Blackstone, Virginia.

In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, New Jersey.

In 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned as queen consort.

In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, opened in Washington.

In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD).

In 1963, Betty Miller became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean as she landed her Piper Apache in Brisbane, Australia, having left Oakland, California, on April 30, making three stopovers along the way.

In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who attacked Pope John Paul II. (In 2008, the pope's longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff was slightly wounded in the assault.)

In 1994, British Labor Party leader John Smith died at age 55.

Ten years ago: Members of Congress expressed outrage after they were privately shown fresh pictures and videos of Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. troops.

Five years ago: Five Miami men were convicted in a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago's Sears Tower; one man was acquitted. Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN'-yuk) was deported from the United States to Germany. On the second day of his Holy Land tour, Pope Benedict XVI took his message of peace to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

One year ago: Pope Francis gave the Catholic church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led his first canonization ceremony before tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square. Nineteen people were wounded when shots rang out during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans (nine people have been charged in connection with the case).

Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra is 89. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 66. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 64. Rock musician Eric Singer (KISS) is 56. Actor Ving Rhames is 55. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 53. Actor Emilio Estevez is 52. Actress April Grace is 52. Actress Vanessa A. Williams (TV: "Soul Food") is 51. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 48. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 41. Actress Rebecca Herbst (TV: "General Hospital") is 37. Actress Malin (MAH'-lin) Akerman is 36. Actor Jason Biggs is 36. Actor Rami Malek (RAH'-mee MAL'-ihk) is 33. Actress-singer Clare Bowen (TV: "Nashville") is 30.Actress Emily VanCamp is 28. Actor Malcolm David Kelley is 22. Actors Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten (TV: "Everybody Loves Raymond") are 19.

Thought for Today: "Dissent is not sacred; the right of dissent is." - Thurman Arnold, American lawyer (1891-1969).