Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2012. There are 31 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 30, 1982, the Michael Jackson album "Thriller" was released by Epic Records.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Leprino Foods has been operating a plant on the New York-Pennsylvania border since 1978, and since that time the South Waverly plant has grown into the largest mozzarella cheese factory in the country. Leprino now plans to add a 40,000 square foot storage facility to the South Waverly facility.

Joan Smith accepted a Bronze Award on behalf of the Bradford County Unit of the American Cancer Society at a conference held recently in Hershey. Also attending the conference were Barb Lincoln, Phyllis Shaffer and Kathy Jones.

Ruth Crouch of Athens, a registered nurse for the Bradford County Senior Citizens Organization, is celebrating her birthday today.

50 years ago - 1962

James and Donna Spencer were named King and Queen of the 1962 Canton High School Senior Ball.

The Santa Claus mailbox will be installed today and will be ready for use when Santa Claus comes to Towanda tomorrow, Postmaster Richard Snell announced yesterday. The box is in front of the Sears and Roebuck store, 419 Main Street.

Larry Bailey, a former Towanda High cage star, adds his 6-6 frame and court prowess to the varsity basketball team at Syracuse University this season.

75 years ago - 1937

Celebrating her birthday today is Bessie E. Stone of Springfield, vice president of the Rebekah Assembly of Pennsylvania.

Leon Rider of Towanda has been named as the new manager of the meat department of the American Store Company in Towanda.

Llewellyn Hickok has purchased the interest of the Cora D. Loop estate and will operate the Troy Hotel.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.

In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens - better known as Mark Twain - was born in Florida, Mo.

In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.

In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.

In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.)

In 1954, Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Ala., was slightly injured when an 8½-pound chunk of meteorite crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, and then hit her as she lay napping on a couch.

In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who had been acting secretary-general of the United Nations following the death of Dag Hammarskjold the year before, was elected to a four-year term. Eastern Air Lines Flight 512, a DC-7B, crashed while attempting to land at New York's Idlewild Airport, killing 25 of the 51 people on board.

In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent.

In 1982, the motion picture "Gandhi," starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist leader, had its world premiere in New Delhi.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 94. Actor Robert Guillaume is 85. Radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy is 82. Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen is 75. Movie director Ridley Scott is 75. Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 69. Rock musician Roger Glover is 67. Playwright David Mamet is 65. Actress Margaret Whitton is 62. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 60. Musician Shuggie Otis is 59. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 58. Singer Billy Idol is 57. Historian Michael Beschloss is 57. Rock musician John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is 55. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 55. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 50. Rapper Jalil (Whodini) is 49. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 47. Rock musician Mike Stone is 43. Actress Sandra Oh is 42. Country singer Mindy McCready is 37. Singer Clay Aiken is 34. Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 30. Actress Kaley Cuoco is 27. Actress Christel Khalil is 25.

Thought for Today: "I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain." - James Baldwin (1924-1987).