Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2012. There are 87 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Oct. 5, 1962, The Beatles' first hit recording, "Love Me Do," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone Records. The first James Bond theatrical feature, "Dr. No" starring Sean Connery as Agent 007, premiered in London.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Pastor Thomas Horner was recently called to work at Faith Baptist Church of Terrytown as assistant pastor.

Through a cooperative venture between the Bradford County Historical Society and Citizens and Northern Bank, a Century Building sign has been erected on the face of the bank's main office building in Towanda.

The oldest Christian church in the Valley, the First Presbyterian Church, celebrated 175 years as a continuous congregation this weekend in Athens.

50 years ago - 1962

Towanda High School cheerleaders will set up a table in front of the courthouse tonight for the sale of adult tickets to tomorrow night's Sayre-Towanda football game in Towanda.

The Naiad-Linta Fire Company Auxiliary elected officers for the new year at a meeting held recently. Amy Place was chosen as president.

John E. Dewan, chairman, announced that the Lee Vincent Orchestra has been engaged to provide music for the Columbus Day Ball to be held at the SCI Community Center.

75 years ago - 1937

Burgess C.S. Lilley yesterday received a complaint that boys, probably throwing horsechestnuts, are repeatedly breaking windows in the Universalist Church. They broke the large sign out front, also, and the church has had to pay $25 in repairs already.

Registration in Bradford County for the general election next month came to a close recently. The total registration now for the November voting according to Registration Clerk Charles Bennett, is 15,880 Republicans and 7,402 Democrats.

The Canton High School Athletic Association has elected the following officers: Robert Condon, president; Kathryn Carnegie, vice president; Leslie Packard, secretary; Madeline Ronan, treasurer; Phyllis June, assistant treasurer.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1829, the 21st president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in Fairfield, Vt. (Some sources list 1830.)

In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan.

In 1910, Portugal was proclaimed a republic following the abdication of King Manuel II in the face of a coup d'etat.

In 1921, the World Series was covered on radio for the first time as Newark, N.J., station WJZ relayed reports from the Polo Grounds, where the New York Giants were facing the New York Yankees. (Although the Yankees won the opener, 3-0, the Giants won the series, 5 games to 3.)

In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, speaking in Chicago, called for a "quarantine" of aggressor nations.

In 1941, former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis - the first Jewish member of the nation's highest court - died in Washington at age 84.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis.

In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

In 1970, British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec separatists; he was released the following December.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving thousands of Hungarians, most of them Jews, from the Nazis during World War II.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Glynis Johns is 89. Comedian Bill Dana is 88. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 71. Singer Richard Street is 70. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 69. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., is 69. Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 65. Actress Karen Allen is 61. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 60. Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 58. Rock singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 58. Architect Maya Lin is 53. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 52. Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 48. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 47. Actor Guy Pearce is 45. Actress Josie Bissett is 42. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 38. Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy is 38. Rock musician Brian Mashburn (Save Ferris) is 37. Actress Parminder Nagra is 37. Actor Scott Weinger is 37. Actress Kate Winslet is 37. Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 34. Rock musician Paul Thomas is 32. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 29. TV personality Nicky Hilton is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 27. Actor Joshua Logan Moore is 18.

Thought for Today: "My friends are my 'estate.' Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them." - Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886).