Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 292nd day of 2012. There are 74 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 18, 1962, James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were honored with the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Host families are being sought for high school students from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Ecuador, Australia and Japan for the school year 1988-89.

Honoring a combined total of 405 years of dedication to the area's girls and young women was the highlight at the recent annual meeting of the Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council.

Jacqueline E. Huntly, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, as an associate in Family Practice at the Athens Family Health Center, Athens.

50 years ago - 1962

Carol Reinhart was crowned Wyalusing Valley Homecoming Queen over the weekend.

Pennsylvania Gov. David Lawrence will break ground for a new Mansfield State College dormitory this weekend.

The Village Board of Nichols at its regular meeting recently authorized Mayor Donald Hunt to sign the new fire protection contract with the Town of Nichols.

75 years ago - 1937

So well did the friends of Towanda High School support the community card party held recently that approximately $150 was raised. The money will go toward buying new equipment for the school band.

Three residents of Elkland Township, Sullivan County, all men, came to the headquarters of the State Motor Police in Towanda yesterday and asked for help in capturing what they described as a "two-gun, masked bandit" who has been seen about their premises for the past two months.

Troy High School will conduct an evening school for adults one night a week during January, February and March. Courses will be open to all adult residents of Troy Borough and neighboring townships.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1685, King Louis XIV signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population, the Huguenots.

In 1812, during the War of 1812, the British ship HMS Frolic was captured off the Virginia coast by the crew of the USS Wasp, which was in turn captured by the HMS Poictiers.

In 1922, the British Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (later the British Broadcasting Corp.) was founded.

Today's Birthdays: Rock-and-roll performer Chuck Berry is 86. Sportscaster Keith Jackson is 84. Actress Dawn Wells is 74. College and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Mike Ditka is 73. Singer-musician Russ Giguere is 69. Actor Joe Morton is 65. Actress Pam Dawber is 62. Author Terry McMillan is 61. Writer-producer Chuck Lorre is 60. Gospel singer Vickie Winans is 59. International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova is 56. Boxer Thomas Hearns is 54. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 52. Actress Erin Moran is 52. Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is 51. Actor Vincent Spano is 50. Rock musician Tim Cross is 46. Tennis player Michael Stich is 44. Singer Nonchalant is 39. Actress Joy Bryant is 38. Rock musician Peter Svenson (The Cardigans) is 38. Actor Wesley Jonathan is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Ne-Yo is 33. Country singer Josh Gracin is 32. Country musician Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon) is 31. Jazz singer-musician Esperanza Spalding is 28. Actress-model Freida Pinto is 28. Actor Zac Efron is 25. Actress Joy Lauren is 23. Actor Tyler Posey is 21.

Thought for Today: "Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." - Eddie Cantor, American comedian-singer (1892-1964).