Today is Friday, Oct. 19, the 293rd day of 2012. There are 73 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, to close at 1,738.74.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Betsy Crimbring was picked to be Canton High School's Homecoming Queen.

The Valley Economic Development Association has initiated a survey of 43 local service and manufacturing industries to help determine the wants and needs of the business sector and its integral part in the growth of the community.

Those attending the 1987 International Conference of Women's Aglow Fellowship in New Orleans will include Margaret Rogers and Ada Jordan from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Area Board.

50 years ago - 1962

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bradford County Farmers Association held recently, Everett Green of Neath, Pike Township, was elected president.

The mobile x-ray unit, sponsored by the Bradford-Sullivan Counties Tuberculosis Association and the Department of Health, will be stationed at the rear of the courthouse this afternoon for free chest x-rays.

Forty-five members of the 1962 Troy High School graduation class are now attending schools and colleges, according to a compilation by the guidance department.

75 years ago - 1937

The combined Beaver and Hound patrols of Towanda Troop 2 Boy Scouts won the scavenger hunt at the weekly troop meeting last night.

Erection of scaffolds in the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church was stated yesterday preparatory to repainting and redecorating the entire interior.

Cherie Overton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Overton of Towanda, almost played the part of Laurel in the film version of Stella Dallas, now at the Keystone Theatre, it was learned yesterday. She had a long screen test for it in Hollywood last winter but was finally edged out by Anne Shirley.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1781, British troops under Gen. Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution neared its end.

In 1812, French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow.

Today's Birthdays: Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Robert S. Strauss is 94. Author John le Carre is 81. Artist Peter Max is 75. Author and critic Renata Adler is 74. Actor Michael Gambon is 72. Actor John Lithgow is 67. Feminist activist Patricia Ireland is 67. Singer Jeannie C. Riley is 67. Rock singer-musician Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) is 64. Talk show host Charlie Chase is 60. Rock singer-musician Karl Wallinger (World Party) is 55. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is 54. Singer Jennifer Holliday is 52. Boxer Evander Holyfield is 50. TV host Ty Pennington is 48. Rock singer-musician Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 47. Actor Jon Favreau is 46. Amy Carter is 45. Comedian Chris Kattan is 42. Rock singer Pras Michel (The Fugees) is 40. Actor Omar Gooding is 36. Country singer Cyndi Thomson is 36. Writer-director Jason Reitman is 35. Actor Benjamin Salisbury is 32. Actress Gillian Jacobs is 30.

Thought for Today: "To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something." - Walker Percy, American author (1916-1990).