Today is Monday, Oct. 22, the 296th day of 2012. There are 70 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally broadcast address in which he publicly revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation. Kennedy also called upon Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to "eliminate this clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Work on the new Troy sewer plant is progressing as scheduled, according to Orville Hunter, project superintendent. The work on the plant began last April and is expected to be in operation by February.

A low bid from Gra-Hill Construction, Wellsboro, was accepted by the Bradford County Commissioners for the demolition of the manor barns.

A proposed budget of about $644,000 was accepted for public advertisement by the Troy Borough Council at their recent meeting. According to John Parsell, borough manager, there will be no tax increase for borough residents.

50 years ago - 1962

Members of the Towanda Lions Club yesterday collected 28,000 pounds of paper with the proceeds going to the Eyesight Fund. This is one of the largest paper drives the Lions have had in some time.

Athens High's Bulldogs annexed the Roosevelt Trial League Championship recently by turning back the Wyalusing Valley High Rams 26-6 in football action.

Sayre High's Redskins clinched second place in the Roosevelt Trail League recently by clobbering the Troy High team 45-14.

75 years ago - 1937

Extension of eight stalls of the present Lehigh Valley roundhouse at a cost of about $50,000 will start next week with Henry Street Corp of Elmira as the contractor.

The Bradford County Commissioners yesterday set the travel fee of Sheriff N.E. Benson at 7.5 cents per mile.

At the annual meeting of the Masonic Hall Association held recently, officers were re-elected as follows: president, Albert M. Baker; secretary, Seeley T. Remsnyder; treasurer, William A. Sullivan; trustees, George B. Winter and William M. Rosenfield.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: A federal judge in Dallas declared a mistrial for former leaders of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim charity accused of funding terrorism. (The charity and five of its former leaders were convicted in a retrial the following year of funneling money to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.) China's Communist Party gave President Hu Jintao a second five-year term. Marie Osmond briefly fainted onstage during ABC's live broadcast of "Dancing With the Stars" after performing a samba with partner Jonathan Roberts.

One year ago: The Obama administration pulled U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford from Syria amid what were termed "credible threats against his personal safety." The heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, died in New York. (He was succeeded as crown prince by his half-brother, Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, who died in June 2012; Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz was then named the new heir to the throne.) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal easily coasted to a second term in a landslide election. In the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers 16-7 for a 2-1 edge.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Joan Fontaine is 95. Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing is 93. Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale is 76. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 74. Actor Derek Jacobi is 74. Actor Tony Roberts is 73. Actress Annette Funicello is 70. Movie director Jan (yahn) de Bont is 69. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 69. Rock musician Leslie West (Mountain) is 67. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 65. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 60. Movie director Bill Condon is 57. Actor Luis Guzman is 55. Actor-writer-producer Todd Graff is 53. Rock musician Cris Kirkwood is 52.

Actor-comedian Bob Odenkirk is 50. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 49. Christian singer TobyMac is 48. Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 47. Actress Valeria Golino is 46. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 45. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 44. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 44. Movie director Spike Jonze is 43. Rapper Tracey Lee is 42. Actress Saffron Burrows is 40. MLB player Ichiro Suzuki is 39. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 37. Actor Michael Fishman is 31. Talk show host Michael Essany is 30. Rock musician Rickard (correct) Goransson (Carolina Liar) is 29. Rock musician Zac Hanson (Hanson) is 27. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki is 22. Actress Sofia Vassilieva (vas-ihl-lee-A'-vuh) is 20.

Thought for Today: "Life is easier to take than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable." - Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960).