Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 10, 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia," David Lean's epic film starring Peter O'Toole as British military officer T.E. Lawrence, had its royal gala premiere in London, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in attendance.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Bradford County's tentative 1988 budget, which Commissioner Chairman Robert Horton says reflects a 5.5 percent total dollar increase, goes on the counter in the commissioners' office for public inspection today.

A recent meeting held in Canton among refuse haulers from the three-county area of Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga, to discuss "various mutual problems," resulted in formation of a refuse haulers organization.

Almost 200 people attended the third annual Republican Christmas Party at the Towanda Country Club over the weekend. Noteworthy among the many dignitaries present were Sen. Roger Madigan and his wife Peggy, Rep. J. Scott Chadwick, County Chairman Thomas Blackall, Vice Chairman Esther Birney, and Shirley Harkness, president of the Bradford County Republican Women.

50 years ago - 1962

One of the outstanding features of the Towanda Area Merchants Christmas Promotion is an all-expense trip to Bermuda for two people for one full week any time in 1963.

John R. Thompson Jr., a partner in the architectural firm of Kesnow & Thompson, Towanda, has been elected president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at its monthly meeting.

Harold Woodard, chairman of the Bradford County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, reported recently that a total of 42,000 bushels of corn was delivered to Bradford County farmers during the last 15 days of November under the Emergency Livestock and Feed Program.

75 years ago - 1937

The Towanda Chamber of Commerce is going to considerable expense to provide a winter sports center for Towanda and vicinity on the grounds back of the SCI, running back toward Bridge Street. This will be something that has been needed for years. Children and young people will have a safe place to skate and ride their sleds. Any who are willing to help financially are asked to send contributions.

Burgess C.S. Lilley announced last night that he has given the Salvation Army permission to place its Christmas kettles on Main Street tomorrow and Saturday.

This weekend a committee of Towandians will go to Kane, Pa., to see how that community operates its winter sports, which attract as high as 10,000 people over some weekends.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.

In 1787, Thomas H. Gallaudet, a pioneer of educating the deaf, was born in Philadelphia.

In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.

In 1861, the Confederacy admitted Kentucky as it recognized a pro-Southern shadow state government that was acting without the authority of the pro-Union government in Frankfort.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; the co-recipient was Nicholas Murray Butler.

In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin's Lake Monona.

In 1972, baseball's American League adopted the designated hitter rule on an experimental basis for three years.

Today's Birthdays: Former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter is 82. Actor Tommy Kirk is 71. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 71. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 71. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 66. Pop-funk musician Walter "Clyde" Orange (The Commodores) is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) is 64. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 61. Actress Susan Dey is 60. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is 56. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 55. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 52. Actress Nia Peeples is 51. TV chef Bobby Flay is 48. Rock singer-musician J Mascis is 47. Country singer Kevin Sharp is 42. Rock musician Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) is 41. Actress-comedian Arden Myrin is 39. Rock musician Meg White (The White Stripes) is 38. Rapper Kuniva (D12) is 37. Violinist Sarah Chang is 32. Rock musician Noah Harmon (Airborne Toxic Event) is 31. Actress Raven-Symone is 27.

Thought for Today: "To have news value is to have a tin can tied to one's tail." - T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935).