Today is Thursday, Oct. 25, the 299th day of 2012. There are 67 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 25, 1962, in a dramatic confrontation before the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba; when Zorin declined to respond, Stevenson said he was prepared to wait "until hell freezes over" for an answer. Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Council.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

A group of family, friends and fellow professionals gathered recently at the Guthrie Inn to honor De. Joseph Cady of Athens, who has given nearly a half century of service to the medical industry in the Valley and who recently turned 80.

Warrior quarterback Sean Tymeson was perfect, and the Canton defense was almost the same as they limited the Sayre Redskins to just 29 total yards yesterday in a 36-7 victory.

Five employees of the Robert Packer Hospital received special recognition recently as they became members of the hospital's "Commitment to Excellence Club." The employees were Jeanette DeSisto, Julie O'Brien, Carolyn Kennedy, Rose Spears and Janice Wright.

50 years ago - 1962

Stephan McCann, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, yesterday promised Bradford County a state park in the course of his speech at a Bradford County Democratic rally at the Athens I-R Employees Club.

Celebrating his birthday today is Stanley Zepkowski of Towanda, an employee of the Kobacker Furniture Co. in Waverly.

David D. Simons, 17-year-old senior at Towanda Area High School, will be given the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the national's foremost scientists and scientific administrators when he attends the 1962 National Youth Conference on the Atom at Chicago as a guest of the Pennsylvania Electric Company.

75 years ago - 1937

The Susquehanna River and numerous creeks in the area rose rapidly over the weekend as the result of the heaviest rainfall in 24 hours recorded in Towanda since 1898. From 11 p.m. Friday to 2:30 p.m. Saturday 3.14 inches of rain fell.

Electricity was turned into the R.E.A. substation of the Claverack Co-operative Association on the Phillip Fisher farm near Rummerfield yesterday and everything is in readiness now to start serving those in the co-operative east of the river.

A pipe organ is being installed in the Methodist Church as a gift memorial from George F. and Henry Case in memory of their parents.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.

In 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.

In 1912, the song "My Melancholy Baby" by Ernie Burnett and George Norton was first published under the title "Melancholy." Country comedian Minnie Pearl was born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, Tenn.

In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted in Washington, D.C., of accepting a $100,000 bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months.)

In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of "Murder Inc." notoriety was shot to death by masked gunmen in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.

In 1962, American author John Steinbeck was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.

In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

Today's Birthdays: Former American League President and Baseball Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail is 95. Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 88. Singer-actress Barbara Cook is 85. Actress Jeanne Cooper is 84. Actress Marion Ross is 84. Country singer Jeanne Black is 75. Basketball Hall of Famer Bobby Knight is 72. Author Anne Tyler is 71. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 68. Political strategist James Carville is 68. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 68. Rock musician Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) is 65. Actor Brian Kerwin is 63. Actor Mark L. Taylor is 62. Movie director Julian Schnabel is 61. Rock musician Matthias Jabs is 56. Actress Nancy Cartwright is 55. Country singer Mark Miller is 54. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chickenfoot) is 51. Actress Tracy Nelson is 49. Actor Michael Boatman is 48. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson is 48. Singer Speech is 44. Actor Adam Goldberg is 42. Actor-singer Adam Pascal is 42. Rock musician Ed Robertson is 42. Actress Persia White is 42. Country singer Chely Wright is 42. Violinist Midori is 41. Actor Craig Robinson is 41. Actor Michael Weston is 39. Actor Zachary Knighton is 34. Actor Mehcad Brooks is 32. Actor Ben Gould is 32. Actor Josh Henderson is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Young Rome is 31. Pop singer Katy Perry is 28. Rock singer Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 28. Singer Ciara is 27. Actress Conchita Campbell ("The 4400") is 17.

Thought for Today: "You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad." - Adlai E. Stevenson II, American statesman (1900-1965).