Today is Friday, Nov. 2, the 307th day of 2012. There are 59 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 2, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a brief statement to the nation in which he said that aerial photographs had confirmed that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled, and that "progress is now being made toward the restoration of peace in the Caribbean."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

A huge crowd, estimated at several thousand people, attended the fifth annual Ulster Craft Show at the Ulster Firehouse over the weekend. Seventy-three exhibitors displayed hand-crafted items and the Ulster-Sheshequin Ladies Auxiliary served several hundred ham dinners and homemade pies.

Members of the Wyalusing Valley Improvement Project elected new board members recently at their annual meeting at the Wyalusing Borough Hall. The new officers are Mike Kilmer, president; Bill Snyder, vice president; Don Abrey, treasurer; and Yvonne Strickler, secretary.

The Rev. George T. Harrick with his wife Gladys arrived recently to serve the Gillett American Baptist Church. The church was for some time without a regular pastor, but the Rev. Sydney Kane was the interim and filled the gap.

50 years ago - 1962

The Sayre Area Joint School Board in a special session yesterday approved recommending a three-unit plan for the Bradford County reorganization of schools.

Towanda's new parking lots were officially opened to the public yesterday with ceremonies both in the rear of the county jail and in the rear of the borough hall. The new parking facilities represent an investment of more than $41,000.

Mrs. Twila Starr was elected the new president of the Sullivan County Council of Republican Women at a recent meeting.

75 years ago - 1937

The Arabian Nights, Mother Goose Rhymes, Gulliver's Travels and Grimm's Fairy Tales were all re-enacted last night when more than 1,000 costumed paraders turned out for Towanda's annual Halloween festival.

Howard Bailey of North Towanda, former sheriff, has taken over the automobile service station just south of the Episcopal Church formerly known as the Blight Service Station.

Fred "Old Time" McIntyre has placed in his front yard a petrified tree stump. The stump, solid stone but having every appearance of the original, was taken from the Gunton coal mine near Bernice. It is 3-feet high and 15-inches across.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1783, Gen. George Washington issued his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States near Princeton, N.J.

In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the "Spruce Goose" by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman surprised the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.

Today's Birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Earl "Speedo" Carroll (The Cadillacs; The Coasters) is 75. Singer Jay Black is 74. Political commentator Patrick Buchanan is 74. Actress Stefanie Powers is 70. Author Shere Hite is 70. Rock musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 68. Country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 67. Actress Kate Linder is 65. Rock musician Carter Beauford is 55. Singer-songwriter k.d. lang is 51. Rock musician Bobby Dall (Poison) is 49. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is 48. Actress Lauren Velez is 48. Actor David Schwimmer is 46. Christian/jazz singer Alvin Chea (Take 6) is 45. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is 45. Rock musician Fieldy is 43. Rock singer-musician John Hampson (Nine Days) is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Timothy Christian Riley (Tony Toni Tone) is 38. Rapper Nelly is 38. Prodigy (Mobb Deep) is 38. Actor Danny Cooksey is 37. Rock musician Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) is 37. Country singer Erika Jo ("Nashville Star") is 26. Actor-singer Kendall Schmidt is 22.

Thought for Today: "Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you." - Horace, Roman poet (65 B.C.-8 B.C.)