Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 14, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave the go-ahead for Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside's plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond; the resulting Battle of Fredericksburg proved a disaster for the Union.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Towanda's Chris Jennings etched his name into the record books at Memorial Park last night when he took over the NTL single season rushing record with a 136-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Black Knight victory. Jennings finished the regular reason with 1,770 yards.

Yesterday, kids at Gladys Burnham Elementary School in Bentley Creek (Ridgebury Township) were given a presentation in crime prevention and safety as part of Ridgebury's Neighborhood Crime Prevention Program. The main subject of the program was to initiate a McGruff House Program, which would provide children a safe haven in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Achievement Academy announced that David Vernusky of Troy has been named a national award winner. He was nominated for this national award by Joan Roy, a science teacher.

50 years ago - 1962

Celebrating his birthday today is Prothonotary Thomas Reinhart of Towanda.

Dr. Lawrence Tama, a member of the staff at Towanda Memorial Hospital has been certified by the American Board of Surgery as a Diplomate in general surgery.

New concrete steps have recently been completed at the main entrance of the Ulster Presbyterian Church. Charles Mauger, Stanley Bidlack, John Morley, Eugene Vanderpool and Roland Richards contributed the time and effort for the job.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale" was first published in the United States.

In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.)

In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She made the trip in 72 days.) Jawarharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, was born.

In 1910, Eugene B. Ely became the first aviator to take off from a ship as his Curtiss pusher rolled off a sloping platform on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birmingham off Hampton Roads, Va.

In 1922, the British Broadcasting Co. began its domestic radio service.

In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.

In 1944, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "Opus No. 1" for RCA Victor.

In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

In 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in Huntington, W.Va., killing all 75 people on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.

In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.

In 1986, the Securities and Exchange Commission imposed a $100 million penalty against inside-trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from working again in the securities industry.

In 1997, a jury in Fairfax, Va., decided that Pakistani national Aimal Khan Kasi should get the death penalty for gunning down two CIA employees outside agency headquarters.

Today's Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 90. Actress Kathleen Hughes is 84. Former MLB All-Star Jimmy Piersall is 83. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 79. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 78. Composer Wendy Carlos is 73. Writer P.J. O'Rourke is 65. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 65. Britain's Prince Charles is 64. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 63. Singer Stephen Bishop is 61. Blues musician Anson Funderburgh is 58. Pianist Yanni is 58. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 58. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 56. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 51. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 51. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 48. Actor Patrick Warburton is 48. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 48. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 48. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 47. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 46. Rock musician Brian Yale is 44. Rock singer Butch Walker is 43. Actor Josh Duhamel is 40. Rock musician Travis Barker is 37. Contemporary Christian musician Robby Shaffer is 37. Actor Brian Dietzen (TV: "NCIS") is 35. Rapper Shyheim is 35. Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 33. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 33. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 21.

Thought for Today: "I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept anything without wishing I had given it away." - Louise Brooks, American actress (born this date in 1906, died 1985).