Today is Sunday, Nov. 4, the 309th day of 2012. There are 57 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 4, 1942, during World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

With 41 of 61 precincts reporting, it was apparent early this morning that GOP candidates William McNett and Robert Horton were going to be elected to two of the three Bradford County Commissioner spots up for election.

Unofficial vote tallies recorded for the eight candidates vying for the four seats on Sayre Borough Council showed Dr. Patrick Musto, Eugene F. Paluzzi, Michael "Denny" Thomas and Francis J. Altieri as the winners of these seats.

At the latest tally from votes yesterday, with 41 of 61 precincts reporting, GOP nominee Robert Fleury swept to victory in the race for Bradford County District Attorney.

75 years ago - 1937

Three Towanda High School pupils have been selected for the second All-State Chorus of Pennsylvania: Ida Dunfee, William Finn and David Rosencrans.

Daisy Comfort, Republican, defeated Mary Bloom, Democrat, in a spirited contest for tax collector in Troy two days ago.

Sunday sports were defeated in three rural townships in Bradford County on Nov. 2: Troy Township, Granville Township and Columbia Township. No other places voted on the proposition.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain.

One year ago: A Syrian peace plan brokered just days earlier by the Arab League unraveled as security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, killing at least 15. Alfonso Cano, 63, a bespectacled middle class intellectual who rose from chief ideologist to maximum leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, was killed in a military attack. "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney, 92, died in New York a month after his farewell segment on the show.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Doris Roberts is 82. Actress Loretta Swit is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Harry Elston (Friends of Distinction) is 74. Blues singer Delbert McClinton is 72. Former First Lady Laura Bush is 66. Actress Markie Post is 62. Rock singer-musician Chris Difford (Squeeze) is 58. Country singer Kim Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 52. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin is 52.

Actor Ralph Macchio is 51. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst is 51. Rock singer-musician Wayne Static (Static-X) is 47. Actor Matthew McConaughey is 43. Rapper-producer Sean "Puffy" Combs is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Shawn Rivera (Az Yet) is 41. Actress Heather Tom is 37. Rhythm-and-blues/gospel singer George Huff is 32. Actress Gillian Zinser (TV: "90210") is 27.

Thought for Today: "No one is so eager to gain new experience as he who doesn't know how to make use of the old ones." - Marie Ebner von Eschenbach, Austrian writer (1830-1916).