Today is Monday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2012. There are 91 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 1, 1962, Johnny Carson debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," beginning a nearly 30-year run; after being introduced to the audience by Groucho Marx, Carson received his first guests, actor-singer Rudy Vallee, actress Joan Crawford, singer Tony Bennett and comedian Mel Brooks. (The same day, Merv Griffin launched a daytime show, also on NBC; his guests were comedian Shelley Berman, opera singer Roberta Peters and journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Celebrating her birthday today is Doll Strope, an employee at Alice's Restaurant.

Towanda Area High School has been notified that Brian Arnold, Thomas Brecher, Christine Cheresnowski and Robyn Young have been designated Commended Students in the 1988 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Lockhart Street Bridge in Sayre is tentatively scheduled for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 15, it was recently announced.

50 years ago - 1962

An air conditioner is now in use in the operating suite at Memorial Hospital, it was announced at last week's meeting of the hospital's board of directors.

Daylight Saving Time for most of Pennsylvania will continue until Oct. 28, but the state Chamber of Commerce said at least 32 communities were to end it at midnight Sunday. Bradford County will remain on Daylight Saving Time until Oct. 28.

Helen Abrams, girls' health and physical education teacher at Wyalusing Valley High School, attended a conference on the "Problem of Teenage Smoking" recently in Harrisburg. Abrams reported that this was one of the first conferences ever held to deal with smoking among teenagers.

75 years ago - 1937

Andrew Carola, manager of the upper A&P store in Towanda, and his assistant, Olney Bullock, will spend three days in New York next week as the guests of their employers as the result of a sales contest conducted through June, July and August.

Max Strong has been commissioned as postmaster at Columbia Cross Roads.

Celebrating his birthday today is Donald McIntyre, extra night clerk at the Hotel Kaufman.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: Iraq agreed to a plan for the return of U.N. weapons inspectors for the first time in nearly four years, but ignored U.S. demands for access to Saddam Hussein's palaces and other contested sites. New Jersey Democrats chose former Sen. Frank Lautenberg to be on the November ballot in place of scandal-tainted Sen. Robert Torricelli (tohr-ih-SEL'-ee). Publisher, philanthropist and diplomat Walter H. Annenberg died in Wynnewood, Pa., at age 94.

Five years ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise announcement, opened the door to becoming the country's prime minister. Olympic gold-medal discus thrower Al Oerter died in Fort Myers, Fla., at age 71.

One year ago: More than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police. Campaigning began in Tunisia for the first elections born of the revolts that swept the Middle East.

Today's Birthdays: Former President Jimmy Carter is 88. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 77. Actress Stella Stevens is 74. Rock musician Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone) is 69. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 67.

Jazz musician Dave Holland is 66. Actor Stephen Collins is 65. Actress Yvette Freeman is 62. Actor Randy Quaid is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 57. Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 54. Singer Youssou N'Dour is 53. Actor Esai Morales is 50. Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 49. Actor Christopher Titus is 48. Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 47. Rock singer-musician Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) is 44. Actor Zach Galifianakis (ga-lih-fih-NA'-kihs) is 43. Singer Keith Duffy is 38. Actress Sarah Drew is 32. Actress Jurnee Smollett is 26. Actress Brie Larson is 23.

Thought for Today: "Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: 'Are you ready?'" - Johnny Carson (1925-2005).