Today is Friday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2012. There are 52 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as "Kristallnacht."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Stray Haven Humane Society honored Mrs. Lois Blood of Athens as Humanitarian of the Year recently at a ceremony held at the Guthrie Inn in Sayre.

The sixth graders at Towanda Middle School recently participated in a costume contest for Halloween. Winners were: funniest, Sean Flynn; most original, Kerri Abbott and Jolena Vanderpool; most colorful, Cyndi McGowan; prettiest, Kristin Gallew; and scariest, Allan Radway.

Lewis Kipp and Bill Mendler were 1-2 for the Knights during the PIAA State Cross Country Championships at Penn State recently. The duo had paced the Knights during much of the season.

50 years ago - 1962

The County Board of School Directors last night directed Charles DeWitt, county superintendent of schools, to contact the Department of Public Instruction and the State Council of Education today to see if Bradford County may submit a school reorganization plan of three districts, one of which will be substandard.

Walter Newton Jr. of New Albany won first prize for his Carriedale ram and ewe breeding sheep at the sixth Pennsylvania Livestock Exposition at Harrisburg yesterday.

Frank E. Detrick, director, Bradford County Council of Civil Defense, has accepted the volunteer services of Kenneth W. Erickson of Sayre as chief of Survival Unit Services Activities for the county.

75 years ago - 1937

The new proprietors of the Kaufman Hotel have torn down the old brick garage which stood for many years in the rear of the hostelry.

At the Towanda Borough Council meeting last night, the question of opening the alley in back of Main Street between Pine and Bridge was brought up again and the street committee was told to see that this is done, providing an agreement offered by the owner of the entrance near the jail is approved by the borough solicitor.

Another Valley landmark is passing with the dismantling of the old gas plant in South Waverly by H.W. Taylor & Sons. The job is about half competed. The plant has been out of use for over 35 years.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.

In 1918, it was announced that Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II would abdicate. He then fled to the Netherlands.

In 1952, Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, died.

In 1953, Welsh author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39.

In 1961, U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert M. White became the first pilot to fly an X-15 rocket plane at six times the speed of sound. The Beatles' future manager, Brian Epstein, first saw the group perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

In 1963, twin disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion, and about 160 people died in a train crash.

In 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurred as a series of power failures lasting up to 13½ hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity.

In 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.

In 1970, former French President Charles de Gaulle died at age 79.

In 1976, the U.N. General Assembly approved resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as "illegitimate."

In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush said in his Saturday radio address that Saddam Hussein faced a final test to surrender weapons of mass destruction.

Five years ago: President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest for a day, and rounded up thousands of her supporters to block a mass rally against his emergency rule. Chadian authorities released three Spanish flight crew members and a Belgian pilot detained in an alleged kidnapping plot of African children by a French charity.

Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog is 81. Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is 77. Actor Charlie Robinson is 67. Movie director Bille August is 64. Actor Robert David Hall is 64. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 61. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is 60. Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is 53. Rock musician Dee Plakas (L7) is 52. Actress Ion Overman is 43. Rapper Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 43. Rapper Scarface (Geto Boys) is 42. Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 42. Actor Jason Antoon is 41. Actor Eric Dane is 40. Singer Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 34. Actress Nikki Blonsky is 24.

Thought for Today: "All life is an experiment." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior, U.S. Supreme Court justice (1841-1935).