Today is Sunday, Oct. 21, the 295th day of 2012. There are 71 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 21, 1962, the Seattle World's Fair closed after six months and nearly 10 million visitors. (President John F. Kennedy, scheduled to attend the closing ceremony, canceled because of what was described as a "head cold"; the actual reason turned out to be the Cuban Missile Crisis.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

At a meeting of the Sayre School Board recently, it was decided to advertise the board vacancy left by the resignation of former board president George Bauer.

The collection on display at the Bradford County Library from now through the middle of November is an assortment of insects collected by Marie Terlizzi of Franklin Township.

The Mansfield Tigers captured their second Northern Tier League championship in the last four years as they finished their regular season with a 15-48 win over the Sayre Redskins in track and field action.

75 years ago - 1937

Clarence E. Jakway, manager of the Claverack Co-operative Association, announced last night that electricity will be turned into the R.E.A. lines east of the river for test purposes today. If everything is found OK the power will be turned on for general use of patrons tomorrow.

George B. Winter of Towanda left yesterday for Washington, D.C., and tonight will receive the degree from the Royal Order of Scotland. Only Masons of high standing receive this membership.

Mrs. Cora Collins has been appointed school director at Forksville to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of W.E. Randall.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush said he would try diplomacy "one more time," but did not think Saddam Hussein would disarm - even if doing so would allow the Iraqi president to remain in power. A car packed with explosives pulled up to a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, igniting a massive fireball that killed 14 people plus two suicide attackers. "Jackass: The Movie" had its world premiere in Hollywood.

Five years ago: Wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds killed one person near San Diego and destroyed several homes and a church in Malibu. Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy that the United States and other nations would not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. The opposition Civic Platform party ousted Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's government in Poland's parliamentary elections. The Boston Red Sox won the American League championship in Game 7 of their series with the Cleveland Indians, 11-2.

One year ago: President Barack Obama declared that America's long and deeply unpopular war in Iraq would be over by the end of 2011 and that all U.S. troops "will definitely be home for the holidays."

Today's Birthdays: Actress Joyce Randolph is 88. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is 83. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 72. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG's) is 71. Singer Elvin Bishop is 70. TV's Judge Judy Sheindlin is 70. Actor Everett McGill is 67. Musician Lee Loughnane (LAHK'-nayn) (Chicago) is 66. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 63. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's) is 59. Movie director Catherine Hardwicke is 57. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 56. Singer Julian Cope is 55. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 55.

Actor Ken Watanabe (wah-tah-NAH'-bee) is 53. Actress Melora Walters is 52. Rock musician Che (chay) Colovita Lemon is 42. Rock singer-musician Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator) is 41. Christian rock musician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 39. Actor Jeremy Miller is 36. Actor Will Estes is 34. Actor Michael McMillian is 34. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian (kahr-DASH'-ee-uhn) is 32. Actor Matt Dallas is 30.

Thought for Today: "Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it." - Russian proverb.