Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2012. There are 20 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 11, 1972, Apollo 17's lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; during three extravehicular activities (EVAs), they became the last two men to date to step onto the lunar surface.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Towanda Borough Council recently approved free parking at meters downtown for the rest of December.

Five board members were sworn in to the Athens Area School Board at its annual reorganization meeting recently. District solicitor Patrick Barrett administered the oath to Donald Johnson and Gerald Spagnoli, Region 1 (Athens); Leslie Wanck, Region 2 (Athens and Sheshequin townships); and Donald Ross and June Lane, Region 3 (Smithfield, Ridgebury, Ulster).

Donald Farley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Farley of Towanda, has been named general manager of the Scranton Times Shopper Division.

50 years ago - 1962

The DAR Good Citizenship Award was presented to Miss Lois Billingsley, a Troy High School senior.

The first of the Christmas concerts to be presented in front of the courthouse under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for tonight when the chorus of the Towanda Musical Society will appear.

The Borough of Towanda has issued a building permit to M.J. DeHarde for the erection of a residence on Wilmot Drive.

75 years ago - 1937

Workmen representing Arborists Inc. of Geneva, N.Y., have been busy the past two days trimming the big elm tree at the southeast corner of the courthouse. No limb has been too long or too high for them to climb and pedestrians along Main Street have watched with bated breath.

The Spring Hill Grange players presenting "The Things That Are Caesar's" won the district rural dramatics tournament conducted last night.

The Philco radio price contest which closed recently, taking in the towns of Canton, Mansfield, Wellsboro, Elkland and Troy, was won by Hilton Rockwell of Troy, who will receive a new 1938 610-J Philco.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1792, France's King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month.)

In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

In 1912, movie producer Carlo Ponti was born in Magenta, Italy.

In 1928, police in Buenos Aires announced they had thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.

In 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson; his brother, Prince Albert, became King George VI.

In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.

In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

In 1961, a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon - the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.

In 1981, Muhammad Ali, 39, fought his final fight, losing by unanimous decision to Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas.

In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.

In 2008, Bernie Madoff was arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. (Madoff is serving a 150-year federal prison sentence.)

Ten years ago: The United States let an intercepted shipment of North Korean missiles proceed to the Persian Gulf country of Yemen a day after the vessel was detained. A congressional report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to protect Americans from the Sept. 11 hijackers failed to do so because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant is 82. Actress Rita Moreno is 81. Former California state lawmaker Tom Hayden is 73. Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 72. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is 71. Actress Donna Mills is 70. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is 69. Singer Brenda Lee is 68. Actress Lynda Day George is 68. Music producer Tony Brown is 66. Actress Teri Garr is 65. Movie director Susan Seidelman is 60. Actress Bess Armstrong is 59. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 58. Rock musician Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) is 55. Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 54. Rock musician Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) is 51. Actor Ben Browder is 50. Singer-musician Justin Currie (Del Amitri) is 48. Rock musician David Schools (Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic) is 48. Actor Gary Dourdan is 46. Actress-comedian Mo'Nique ("The Parkers") is 45. Actor Max Martini is 43. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 39. Actor Rider Strong is 33. Actress Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") is 16.

Thought for Today: "A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel." - Heywood Broun, American journalist (1888-1939).