Today is Thursday, Nov. 1, the 306th day of 2012. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 1, 1512, Michelangelo's just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel were publicly unveiled by the artist's patron, Pope Julius II.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Towanda's Main Street Project is gaining some momentum, with the formation of an executive board and several committees to overlook various phases of the project.

Cross country standouts Karen Edsell of Troy and Dave Howard of Wyalusing were honored as the Northern Tier League's Female and Male Runners of the Year, respectively.

DuPont's North Towanda plant was among 40 Pennsylvania chemical plants to receive top industry awards for employee safety.

50 years ago - 1962

Celebrating her birthday today is Alice M. Hagerman of French Asylum, librarian at the Towanda Public Library.

David D. Simons of Towanda will visit Argonna National Laboratory, one of American's largest atomic energy research centers, while attending the 1962 National Youth Conference on the Atom in Chicago.

"Mary and Her Little Lamb," entered by the employees of the American Meter Co. plant at Wyalusing, won first prize of $25 in the float division of Towanda's 37th annual Halloween parade held yesterday.

75 years ago - 1937

Beginning today the one rural route of the Rush post office is to be discontinued, it has been announced from Washington.

Mrs. Ordelia Parks of East Towanda, official U.S. weather observer, makes the following report for the month of October: mean maximum temperature, 59.6 degrees; mean minimum temperature, 39.4 degrees; average, 49.5 degrees.

Celebrating his birthday today is Frederick Nelson of Warren Center, who is a freshman in the Warren Center High School.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.

In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln named Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan General-in-Chief of the Union armies, succeeding Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott.

In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Rome and Berlin.

In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, D.C., in a failed attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. (One of the pair was killed, along with a White House police officer.)

In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the West.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Betsy Palmer is 86. Golfer Gary Player is 77. Country singer Bill Anderson is 75. Actress Barbara Bosson is 73. Actor Robert Foxworth is 71. Actress Marcia Wallace is 70. Country singer-humorist Kinky Friedman is 68. Actress Jeannie Berlin is 63. Music producer David Foster is 63. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald Khalis Bell (Kool and the Gang) is 61. Country singer-songwriter-producer Keith Stegall is 58. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 55. Actress Rachel Ticotin is 54. Rock musician Eddie MacDonald (The Alarm) is 53. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 50. Pop singer-musician Mags Furuholmen (a-ha) is 50. Rock musician Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 49. Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin (Big and Rich) is 49. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 48. Rapper Willie D (Geto Boys) is 46. Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 43. Actress Toni Collette is 40. Actress Jenny McCarthy is 40. Rock musician Andrew Gonzales is 40. Actor David Berman is 39. Actress Aishwarya Rai is 39. Rock singer Bo Bice ("American Idol") is 37. Actor Penn Badgley is 26. Actor Max Burkholder is 15. Actor-musician Alex Wolff is 15.