Today is Thursday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2012. There are 53 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 8, 1932, New York Democratic Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover for the presidency.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

State Senator Roger Madigan and Carol Jones of Warren Center were presented extension cooperator awards at the 74th annual Bradford County Cooperative Extension Service Annual Meeting held recently.

John and Laura Ford of the Bradford County Manor are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary today.

Troy's Karen Edsell paced a number of fine Northern Tier League finishes at State College yesterday in the PIAA Cross Country Championships. Edsell's 15th-place finish was the top among 22 NTL competitors as she wrote the final chapter in an exciting cross country season. Her finish earned her "state" recognition in this, her first trip to the state finals.

50 years ago - 1962

At the regular meeting of the Northeast Bradford Joint School Board, reorganization was the main topic of discussion. After study was made of the various plans submitted, the board voted to accept the single-unit plan as their first choice and the three-unit plan as their second choice.

Celebrating his birthday today is Clinton W. Swank of Towanda, shepherd of the Third Ward school children at the York Avenue crossing. This is Clint's task in retirement. At one time he was foreman at Frost factory in Towanda and later he operated a confection shop in the Mercur Block.

Troy Community Elementary Schools have completed the Pass, Punt, Kick program and the first place winners are: age 7 group, Grant Gustin, Troy; age 8 group, Steven Clark of Granville; age 9 group, David Jackson, Springfield; age 10 group, Lynn White, Troy; age 11 group, Tommy Gordon of Gillett.

75 years ago - 1937

Howard L. Bailey, proprietor of the service station next to the Episcopal Church, announced yesterday that Geoffrey "Dode" Harris has been engaged to have charge of the greasing and oiling.

Four teams in the girls' bowling league in Towanda will play tonight on McCracken's alleys. At 6:45 p.m. the Newberry team will meet the Office Girls and at 8:30 p.m. Grant's five will play the Wilcox Keglers.

In an effort to help new tax collectors to become acquainted with their duties and to assist others in getting better results, the Bradford County Commissioners have arranged a series of four meetings to be held soon.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the "Beer-Hall Putsch."

In 1942, Operation Torch, resulting in an Allied victory, began during World War II as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.

In 1960, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.

In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, defeating Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Norman Lloyd is 98. Singer Patti Page is 85. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 81. Singer-actress Bonnie Bramlett is 68. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 63. TV personality Mary Hart is 62. Former Playboy Enterprises chairman and chief executive Christie Hefner is 60. Actress Alfre Woodard is 60. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 58. Rock musician Porl Thompson is 55. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 51. Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay is 46. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 45. Actress Parker Posey is 44. Rock musician Jimmy Chaney is 43. Actress Roxana Zal is 43. Singer Diana King is 42. Actor Gonzalo Menendez is 41. Actress Gretchen Mol is 39. Actor Matthew Rhys is 38. Actress Tara Reid is 37. Country singer Bucky Covington is 35. Actress Dania Ramirez is 33. Actress Azura Skye is 31. Actor Chris Rankin is 29. TV personality Jack Osbourne is 27. Actress Jessica Lowndes is 24.

Thought for Today: "Man is born to live, not to prepare for life." - Boris Pasternak, Russian author (1890-1960).