Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, the 320th day of 2012. There are 46 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The number of freshmen at Mansfield University increased by 14 percent this year. The campus saw 634 entering freshmen in September, which is 84 more than last year's entering class of 550.

Celebrating her second birthday today is Tanesha Lynn Arnold, daughter of Bill and Cindy Arnold of Powell.

Sayre's Pat Esposito closed out a fine season yesterday with a 138-yard effort against the Montgomery Red Raisers. The total pushed Esposito over the 1,000-yard mark for the season as he finished the year with 1,002 yards.

50 years ago - 1962

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Green of Warren Center observed their 45th wedding anniversary yesterday.

The Punt, Pass and Kick Contest was held at Canton recently. Winners included: 7-year-olds, Scott Driscoll; 8-year-olds, Scott Wheeler; 9-year-olds, Dennis Burr; 10-year-olds, Carl Eckman; 11-year-olds, Don Sticinski.

Mrs. William M. Rosenfield of Towanda was re-elected fourth vice president of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women at its recent annual convention.

75 years ago - 1937

"Derio," versatile entertainer, will give an exhibition of trick and fancy skating in the Canton High School auditorium in the near future. Derio is considered one of the greatest novelty roller skaters in the business today.

Sale of properties in the county for delinquent 1932 taxes will be held today at the courthouse when Country Treasurer Roy G.C. Jones sells them as required by law.

The sponsorship of the newly organized troop of Boy Scouts in Canton has been transferred from the Canton Presbyterian Church to the Canton Rotary Club.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.

In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as Pikes (cq) Peak in present-day Colorado.

In 1889, Brazil was proclaimed a republic as its emperor, Dom Pedro II, was overthrown.

In 1935, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established as its new president, Manuel L. Quezon, took office.

In 1937, the House and Senate chambers of the U.S. Capitol were air-conditioned for the first time.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In 1948, William Lyon Mackenzie King retired as prime minister of Canada after 21 years; he was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent.

In 1958, actor Tyrone Power, 44, died in Madrid, Spain, while filming "Solomon and Sheba." (Power's part was recast with Yul Brynner.)

In 1961, former Argentine President Juan Peron, living in exile in Spain, married his third wife, Isabel.

In 1966, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic.

In 1969, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington against the Vietnam War.

In 1985, Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.

In 1987, 28 of 82 people aboard a Continental Airlines DC-9, including the pilot and co-pilot, were killed when the jetliner crashed seconds after taking off from Denver's Stapleton International Airport.

In 2001, President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to resolve their dispute over U.S. missile shield plans but pledged to fight terrorism and deepen U.S.-Russian ties as their summit, which began at the White House before shifting to Bush's Texas ranch, came to a close.

Today's Birthdays: Judge Joseph Wapner is 93. Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 87. Actor Ed Asner is 83. Actor John Kerr is 81. Singer Petula Clark is 80. Comedian Jack Burns is 79. Actress Joanna Barnes is 78. Actor Yaphet Kotto is 73. Actor Sam Waterston is 72. Classical conductor Daniel Barenboim is 70. Pop singer Frida is 67. Actor Bob Gunton is 67. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is 65. Director-actor James Widdoes is 59. Rock singer-producer Mitch Easter is 58. Fox News reporter John Roberts is 56. Former "Jay Leno Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks is 55. Comedian Judy Gold is 50. Actress Rachel True is 46. Rapper E-40 is 45. Country singer Jack Ingram is 42. Actor Jay Harrington is 41. Actor Jonny Lee Miller is 40. Actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier is 39. Christian rock musician David Carr (Third Day) is 38. Rock singer-musician Chad Kroeger is 38. Rock musician Jesse Sandoval is 38. Actress Virginie Ledoyen is 36. Actor Sean Murray is 35. Pop singer Ace Young is 32. Golfer Lorena Ochoa is 31. Actress Shailene Woodley is 21. Actress-dancer Emma Dumont is 18.

Thought for Today: "News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news." - Friedrich Durrenmatt, Swiss author and playwright (1921-1990).