Today is Tuesday, Dec. 18, the 353rd day of 2012. There are 13 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 18, 1912, the Piltdown Man made its public debut as fossil collector Charles Dawson reported to the Geological Society of London his discovery of supposedly fragmented early human remains at a gravel pit in Piltdown. (More than four decades later, the Piltdown Man was exposed as a hoax.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Various municipal employees from Canton Borough, Canton, Armenia, Leroy, Monroe and Granville townships attended a program in Canton yesterday on the federal Right-to-Know Laws concerning hazardous chemicals.

Paul Ulrich, principal at the Troy Area High School, announced the recipient of Troy's Principal's Leadership Award is Kimberly Chaapel of Troy.

Charlene Benjamin of Allis Hollow is celebrating "the big 50" today.

50 years ago - 1962

The annual "Awards Party" was held by the Towanda Printing Co. at the office of The Daily Review last night, this year's honors going to Thomas J. Burchill and Robert Putnam.

The Canton High School cheerleaders, including Barbara Reynolds, Sue Campbell, Marie Wynne, Sue Packard and Donna Spencer, recently got new white jackets with red trim and embroidered names.

Carlton L. Chandler of Athens was elected most excellent high priest of Amity Chapter, No. 293, Royal Arch Masons, for the coming year recently at the Masonic Temple in Athens.

75 years ago - 1937

More than 100 Rotarians and Rotary-Anns met recently with the Canton Rotary Club when Dr. Miles D. Zimmerman, district governor of 177th district, of Pottsville, Pa., presented the charter to this new club.

Celebrating his birthday today is David Keil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Keil of Towanda, and a Towanda High School student. Dave is one of the musicians in the high school's Little German Band.

That new modern theater seats, direct from the factory, are en route to Towanda for installation at the Keystone Theater was revealed last evening by Manager William Woodin.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward.

In 1892, Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home.

In 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered secret preparations for Nazi Germany to invade the Soviet Union. (Operation Barbarossa was launched in June 1941.)

In 1944, in a pair of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans, but also said undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not continue to be detained.

In 1958, the world's first communications satellite, SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment), nicknamed "Chatterbox," was launched by the United States aboard an Atlas rocket.

In 1962, "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol," an animated musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens story, first aired on NBC-TV.

In 1971, the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced in Chicago the founding of Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity).

In 1972, the United States began heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets during the Vietnam War. (The bombardment ended 11 days later.)

In 1980, former Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin died at age 76.

In 1992, Kim Young-sam was elected South Korea's first civilian president in three decades.

Ten years ago: Embattled Senate Republican leader Trent Lott sustained a double-barreled setback as Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee broke ranks to call for a change in party leadership and Secretary of State Colin Powell forcefully criticized Lott's controversial remarks on race. Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, was chosen as owner of the NBA's new Charlotte expansion franchise.

Five years ago: The White House said President George W. Bush had approved "a significant reduction" in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, cutting it to less than one-quarter its size at the end of the Cold War. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq for one year. Jacob Zuma was elected leader of the African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party, defeating incumbent Thabo Mbeki (TAH'-boh um-BEH'-kee).

One year ago: The last convoy of heavily armored U.S. troops left Iraq, crossing into Kuwait in darkness in the final moments of a nine-year war. Vaclav Havel, 75, the dissident playwright who became Czechoslovakia's first democratically elected president, died in the northern Czech Republic. Medical student Sophie Clarke was crowned the winner of CBS' "Survivor: South Pacific."

Today's Birthdays: Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is 85. Actor-producer Roger Smith is 80. Blues musician Lonnie Brooks is 79. Actor Roger Mosley is 74. Rock singer-musician Keith Richards is 69. Writer-director Alan Rudolph is 69. Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg is 66. Blues artist Ron Piazza is 65. Movie director Gillian Armstrong is 62. Movie reviewer Leonard Maltin is 62. Rock musician Elliot Easton is 59. Actor Ray Liotta is 57. Comedian Ron White is 56. Actor Brad Pitt is 49. Professional wrestler-turned-actor "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is 48. Actor Shawn Christian is 47. Actress Rachel Griffiths is 44. Singer Alejandro Sanz is 44.

Country/rap singer Cowboy Troy is 42. Rapper DMX is 42. International Tennis Hall of Famer Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is 41. DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) is 40. Actor Josh Dallas is 34. Actress Katie Holmes is 34. Singer Christina Aguilera is 32. Christian rock musician Dave Luetkenhoelter (Kutless) is 30. Actress Ashley Benson is 23. Actress-singer Bridgit Mendler is 20.

Thought for Today: "When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others." - Anais Nin, French-born author (1903-1977).