Today is Thusday, Oct. 4, the 278th day of 2012. There are 88 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. James R. Hoffa was elected president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Kiki Stepanski from Northeast Bradford High School was chosen as the new Bradford/Sullivan Counties Junior Miss last night.

Towanda Team Two with members Stan Glossner, John Barrett, Ed Watkins and Harry Betts captured first place in the recently held All GTE-Sylvania Retirees' Golf Tournament held at the Towanda Country Club.

At the Troy Mariners Swim Team awards banquet, Jenny Wilcox was honored with the award for the Most Outstanding Swimmer.

50 years ago - 1962

Bradford County Farmers' Association is still strongly opposed to Act 561, the school reorganization law, but after hearing Charles DeWitt, county superintendent of schools, it adopted a more conciliatory attitude at its annual meeting held last night.

Athens school bus students will be required to walk across any bridges in Athens Township posted with a one-ton limit as the result of a resolution adopted by the school board recently.

The Endless Mountains Sky-Divers Club has been organized in Towanda. Anyone interested in joining may contact Dean Dunsinger in Dushore or "Hoppi" Kershner in Towanda.

75 years ago - 1937

The English and Foreign Language Teachers' club of Bradford County held its first meeting of the year recently with the president, Jean Holcombe, presiding.

Attorney Benjamin Kuykendall, president of the Citizens National Bank and one of Towanda's most prominent citizens, was nominated to receive the 33rd degree of the Supreme Council held at Milwaukee last Friday. The initiation will be in Boston.

A.K. Sundburg of Rome was recently elected president of the Bradford County Education Association.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1777, Gen. George Washington's troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown.

In 1931, the comic strip "Dick Tracy" made its debut.

In 1990, East and West Germany officially joined to form the first fully sovereign united German state since the end of World War II.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 83. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Sam Huff is 78. Actor Eddie Applegate is 77. Actress Felicia Farr is 77. Author Jackie Collins is 75. Author Roy Blount Jr. is 71. Author Anne Rice is 71. Actress Lori Saunders is 71. Baseball manager Tony La Russa is 68. Actor Clifton Davis is 67. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, is 66. Actress Susan Sarandon is 66. Blues musician Duke Robillard is 64. Playwright Lee Blessing is 63. Actor Armand Assante is 63. Actor Alan Rosenberg is 62. Actor Christoph Waltz is 56. Actor Bill Fagerbakke is 55. Music producer Russell Simmons is 55. Actress-singer Wendy Makkena is 54. Musician Chris Lowe (The Pet Shop Boys) is 53. Country musician Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard (Sawyer Brown) is 52. Actor David W. Harper is 51. Singer Jon Secada is 51. TV personality John Melendez is 47. Actor Liev Schreiber is 45. Actor Abraham Benrubi is 43. Country singer-musician Heidi Newfield is 42. Actress Alicia Silverstone is 36. Actor Phillip Glasser is 34. Rock singer-musician Marc Roberge (O.A.R.) is 34. Actress Rachael Leigh Cook is 33. Actor Jimmy Workman is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jessica Benson (3lw) is 25. Actor Michael Charles Roman is 25. Figure skater Kimmie Meisner is 23.

Thought for Today: "He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid, ungenerous spirit." - Demosthenes, Greek statesman (384 B.C.-322 B.C.).