Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2012. There are 76 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy was informed by national security adviser McGeorge Bundy that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The York Avenue Zoning Committee met last night to discuss the possibility of trying to direct truck traffic off York Avenue by advising trucks to use the Route 6 and Route 220 bypass.

The first tractor-trailer load of aluminum has been shipped out from the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority's recently opened recycling site at the Bradford County Landfill in West Burlington. The aluminum brought to the site and shipped out in this first load weighed in at 5.5-6 tons.

Mrs. Nellie Carr of Heritage House, Athens, formerly of Spring Hill, is 104 years old today.

50 years ago - 1962

The Towanda Area Joint School Board last night turned down all three plans submitted for reorganization of Bradford County's school districts under Act 561. Instead the board voted to submit to the County Board a recommendation that the present eight-unit plan be retained.

Celebrating his birthday today is Harry B. Ackley of Macedonia, a painter in the Lehigh Valley Shops for 39 years.

Gene Collins became the fourth member of the Towanda Bowling Association to hit the coveted 700 bracket last night when he made it right on the nose with games of 257-207-236 on the Sport Shop Lanes.

75 years ago - 1937

A boy about 17 years old and a student at the Towanda High School wants a place during the present winter term of school where he may be able to receive room and board, for which he is able and willing to work about the place. Anyone to whom this proposition might appeal is urged to communicate with Supervising Principal W. Milton Roy.

Burgess C.S. Lilley announced yesterday that he will hold his annual Halloween festival for the kiddies of Towanda and vicinity on Nov. 1.

Thwarted by bad weather for the past two Sundays, the Towanda baseball team will make another attempt tomorrow to play the schedule games on the East Side grounds with the Old Timers and the Columbia Cross Roads team.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.

In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown's men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers ended up being captured; all were executed.)

In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1943, Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly officially opened the city's new subway system during a ceremony at the State and Madison street station.

In 1952, the Charles Chaplin film "Limelight" premiered in London.

In 1962, the New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 at Candlestick Park, 1-0.

In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.

In 1987, a 58-1/2-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in an abandoned well.

In 1991, a deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as George Hennard opened fire at a Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 87. Author Gunter Grass is 85. Actor-producer Tony Anthony is 75. Actor Barry Corbin is 72. Sportscaster Tim McCarver is 71. Rock musician C.F. Turner (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 69. Actress Suzanne Somers is 66. Rock singer-musician Bob Weir is 65. Producer-director David Zucker is 65. Record company executive Jim Ed Norman is 64. Actor Daniel Gerroll is 61. Actor Morgan Stevens is 61. Actress Martha Smith is 60. Comedian-actor Andy Kindler is 56. Actor-director Tim Robbins is 54. Actor-musician Gary Kemp is 53. Singer-musician Bob Mould is 52. Actor Randy Vasquez is 51. Rock musician Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 50. Actor Todd Stashwick is 44. Jazz musician Roy Hargrove is 43. Actress Terri J. Vaughn is 43. Singer Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 43. Rapper B-Rock (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 41. Rock singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) is 41. Actress Kellie Martin is 37. Singer John Mayer is 35. Actor Jeremy Jackson is 32. Actress Caterina Scorsone is 32. Actress Brea Grant is 31.

Thought for Today: "To walk into history is to be free at once, to be at large among people." - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973).