Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, the 284th day of 2012. There are 82 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 10, 1962, President John F. Kennedy, responding to the Thalidomide birth defects crisis, signed an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requiring pharmaceutical companies to prove that their products were safe and effective prior to marketing.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Jennifer Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Price of Dushore, is a candidate for the 1987 Homecoming Queen for Lycoming College.

The Towanda Area Senior Citizens Club met recently. Attendance was 138. A very enjoyable program was presented by Bill McNett's barbershop quartet.

Parade routes and early entries have been announced by Waverly Recreation Director Joe Cummings for the 31st annual Valley Halloween Parade, to be held on Oct. 31.

50 years ago - 1962

About 300 farmers came to the courthouse in Towanda yesterday to learn what they will have to do to obtain surplus grain being made available to relieve conditions caused by drought.

The City Heat Co. operation in Towanda was given new life yesterday when four of its consumers agreed to contribute at once $2,000 to be used for the purchase of fuel and Judge James W. Cullen appointed Eleanor Kizer receiver of the concern.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Robbins of Big Pond were in Wysox recently to obtain rat bait for the grange.

Elsewhere on this date:

One year ago: Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent of the United States won the Nobel Prize in economics. NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season after owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal and end a lockout. Albert Pujols had one of the biggest postseason nights of his career in Game 2 of the NL championship series, going 4 for 5 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 to even the series at 1-1. Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.

Today's Birthdays: Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 82. Actor Peter Coyote is 71. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 66. Singer John Prine is 66. Actor Charles Dance is 66. Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 64. Actress Jessica Harper is 63. Author Nora Roberts (aka "J.D. Robb") is 62. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 59. Rock singer David Lee Roth is 58. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 54. Actress Julia Sweeney is 53. Actor Bradley Whitford is 53. Musician Martin Kemp is 51. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 49. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 47. Rock musician Mike Malinin (mah-LIN'-in) (Goo Goo Dolls) is 45. NFL quarterback Brett Favre is 43. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 43. Actor Mario Lopez is 39. Race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 38. Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is 34. Singer Mya is 33.

Actor Dan Stevens (TV: "Downton Abbey") is 30. Singer Cherie is 28. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 23.

Thought for Today: "I have a strong moral sense - by my standards." - Rex Stout, American writer (1886-1975).