Today is Tuesday, Oct. 2, the 276th day of 2012. There are 90 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 2, 2002, the Washington, D.C. area sniper attacks began as a resident of Silver Spring, Md., was shot and killed in a store parking lot in Wheaton; the next day, five people were shot dead, setting off a frantic manhunt lasting three weeks. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were finally arrested for 10 killings and three woundings; Muhammad was executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

At a recent dinner meeting of the Towanda Lion's Club, the Rev. Harry Ferguson, along with other members, was honored for perfect club attendance. Pastor Ferguson received a plaque and pin for 35 years of perfect attendance and for being an active member of the club.

Mr. Gary Ross and his daughter Trudy, both residents of Sheshequin, recently felt the joy of accomplishment. Trudy graduated from Athens High School in June and Gary received his master's degree in August from Mansfield University.

Recently the Athens Township Supervisors appointed nine individuals to serve on the Athens Township Sewer Authority, when it is formed. Appointed were Richard Marvin, Paul Kelley, John Knowles, Arthur Markle, Richard Stetz, Ed Bok, Nathan Beidleman, Terry Cockcroft and Francis Dibble.

50 years ago - 1962

Earl R. Southee of Athens has been appointed administrative assistant for the Bradford County Council of Civil Defense and has been assigned quarters in the sheriff's office in the courthouse.

Electors of Ridgebury and Smithfield townships will vote on Nov. 6 on the proposed formation of a union school district to be comprised of the school districts of Ridgebury and Smithfield.

Judge James W. Cullen conducted a hearing in open court yesterday on a proposal to erect a new bridge across Sugar Creek at the southern edge of Troy Borough on what is known as Eureka Drive. Cullen has reserved his decision on approval of the project as presented.

75 years ago - 1937

The Towanda High School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America is selling apples and cider at the teachers' meeting. The boys have 150 bushels of Golden Delicious, 60 bushels of the Starkings Delicious and a few fall apples from the Roland Benjamin orchard.

Mr. and Mrs. Don W. McClelland were guests at a dinner given by the faculty of the Waverly Schools at the Iron Kettle Inn recently. The entire teaching staff of the schools were present to honor Mr. McClelland, who assumed the office of superintendent last summer.

Celebrating his birthday tomorrow is W.H. DuBois of Laporte, a reader of The Daily Review for 44 years.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, N.Y., during the Revolutionary War.

In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up withdrawing.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke at the White House that left him paralyzed on his left side.

In 1941, during World War II, German armies launched an all-out drive against Moscow.

In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.

In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.

In 1958, the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence.

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term.

In 1970, one of two chartered twin-engine planes flying the Wichita State University football team to Utah crashed into a mountain near Silver Plume, Colo., killing 31 of the 40 people on board.

In 1971, the music program "Soul Train" made its debut in national syndication.

In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 59 after battling AIDS.

In 2006, an armed milk truck driver took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing five of them and wounding five others before committing suicide.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 85. Retired MLB All-Star Maury Wills is 80. Movie critic Rex Reed is 74. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 67. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 66. Actor Avery Brooks is 64. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 64. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 63. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics) is 62. Singer-actor Sting is 61. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 58. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 58. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 57. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 54. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 54. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 50. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 45. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 45. Country singer Kelly Willis is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 42. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa (TV: "Live with Kelly and Michael") is 42. Singer Tiffany is 41. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 39. Actor Efren Ramirez is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 39. Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: "American Idol") is 36. Rock musician Mike Rodden (Hinder) is 30. Rock singer Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) is 24.

Thought for Today: "Heresy is another word for freedom of thought." - Graham Greene, English writer (1904-1991).