Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2012. There are 360 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 5, 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Elizabeth Dole to succeed Drew Lewis as secretary of transportation; Dole became the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan's administration, and the first to head the DOT.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

William McNett was elected the new Bradford County Commissioner chairman at the board's reorganizational meeting yesterday.

New council members Gwen Pickett and Wayne Steele were sworn into office last night at the reorganizational meeting of the Wyalusing Borough Council.

Bradford County government and court officials began the first business day of the new year in ceremonial fashion yesterday. In separate ceremonies conducted at the courthouse, President Judge Jeffrey Smith administered the oath of office to the county's second judge, John Mott, and to all the newly elected county officials who were also seated yesterday.

50 years ago - 1963

Type 2 Polio vaccine will be administered in Wyoming County tomorrow.

Clayton Cortright, secretary and manager of Waverly Loyal Order of the Moose, No. 1490, for the past nine years, tendered his resignation at the recent meeting of the club.

Fourteen divorce decrees were granted by Judge James W. Cullen in Bradford County for the month of December, making the total for the year 76. The total for 1961 was 99.

75 years ago - 1938

Yesterday the Bradford County Commissioners announced that Harry Van Auken of Towanda will succeed Mrs. Jessie M. Kisner as superintendent of the children's home in Towanda.

Information was received recently from Harrisburg that two members of the New Albany FFA chapter were successful in winning recognition in the annual state project contest. In the poultry project contest, Lloyd Smeck placed second in egg yield while Charles Smeck rated third.

The Home Economics House used by Towanda High School students is being remodeled and brought up to date. Among the major changes is installation of a modern kitchen.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1589, Catherine de Medici of France died at age 69.

In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

In 1895, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)

In 1896, an Austrian newspaper, Wiener Presse, reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as X-rays.

In 1925, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming became America's first female governor.

In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60. Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Work was completed four years later.)

In 1943, educator and scientist George Washington Carver died in Tuskegee, Ala., at age 81.

In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his administration the Fair Deal.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression in what became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. (UMWA President Tony Boyle and seven others were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, the killings.) "All My Children" premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered development of the space shuttle.

In 1993, the state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.

Today's Birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 85. Actor Robert Duvall is 82. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is 81. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 75. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 71. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 67. Actor Ted Lange is 65. Rhythm-and-blues musician George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 64. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 63. Former CIA Director George Tenet is 60. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 60. Actor Clancy Brown is 54. Singer Iris Dement is 52. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin is 48. Actor Vinnie Jones is 48. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 47. Dancer-choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba is 45. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 44. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 44. Actor Bradley Cooper is 38. Actress January Jones is 35. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 32.

Thought for Today: "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." - George Washington Carver (1864-1943).