Today is Saturday, Oct. 6, the 280th day of 2012. There are 86 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 6, 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, a movie that featured both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Receipt of state grant monies has enable the Towanda Area Airport Authority to undertake the first step in its runway improvement plan: paving of a 30-foot wide area down the center of the runway.

Candidates for Wyalusing Homecoming Queen include Marcy Franklin, Janette Slabicki, Bobbi Oswald, Teresa Mapes, Mirian Brigham, Sandy Cook, Lisa Sykes, Karen Sykes, Elisha Driggs, Debbie Werts and Marcey Zerne.

Celebrating his 18th birthday today is Bill Spencer of Granville Summit. He is a senior at Troy High School and a member of the Troy football team.

50 years ago - 1962

Judge James W. Cullen has set Oct. 12 for a hearing on a petition for the appointment of a receiver for the City Heat Co. in Towanda.

Celebrating his ninth birthday tomorrow is Timothy Melvin Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Budd Clark of Wysox.

Pennsylvania Electric Company will construct a new electric Service Center to better serve the ever-increasing electrical needs of its growing family of 11,000 customers in northern Bradford County and the Waverly area, it was recently announced.

75 years ago - 1937

Publisher James H. Ottoway and an increased staff two days ago presented to the public a 32-page edition of the Endicott Bulletin, which with that edition became a daily paper.

The Presbytery of Binghamton will meet in the Presbyterian Church at Nichols at 7 p.m. tomorrow to approve the call given by the congregation to the Rev. Robert D. Merrill, and to place the Nichols church in his hands.

North Orwell will observe Old Home Day this weekend starting with a "shoot" for which merchandise prizes will be given. At noon a roast pork dinner will be served. There will be a picture gallery of old timers, and refreshment booths where ice cream, hot dogs, etc., will be on sale throughout the day.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1536, English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the Bible into Early Modern English, was executed for heresy.

In 1683, thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in Philadelphia to begin Germantown, one of America's oldest settlements.

In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, R.I.

In 1928, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.

In 1939, as remaining military resistance in Poland crumbled, Adolf Hitler delivered a speech to the Reichstag blaming the Poles for the Nazi-Soviet invasion of their country.

In 1949, U.S.-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison (she ended up serving more than six).

In 1958, the nuclear submarine USS Seawolf surfaced after spending 60 days submerged.

In 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.

In 1976, in his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford asserted there was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe." (Ford later conceded he'd misspoken.)

In 1979, Pope John Paul II, on a week-long U.S. tour, became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.

In 1989, actress Bette Davis died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at age 81.

Today's Birthdays: Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 73. Actress Britt Ekland is 70. Singer Millie Small is 66. The president of Sinn Fein (shin fayn), Gerry Adams, is 64. Singer-musician Thomas McClary is 63. Musician Sid McGinnis (TV: "Late Show with David Letterman") is 63. CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves is 63. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 61. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 58. Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy is 57. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 49. Singer Matthew Sweet is 48. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 46. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 46. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 46. Actress Amy Jo Johnson is 42. Actress Emily Mortimer is 41. Actor Lamman Rucker is 41. Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 39. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melinda Doolittle (TV: "American Idol") is 35. Actor Wes Ramsey is 35.

Thought for Today: "Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom." - Author unknown.