Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2012. There are eight days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 23, 1972, in what became known as football's "Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers caught a pass thrown by Terry Bradshaw and scored a touchdown after the ball had been deflected during a collision between Jack Tatum of the Oakland Raiders and the Steelers' John Fuqua; the Steelers won the game (and an AFC divisional playoff) 13-7, despite controversy over the exact circumstances of the play.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

A Christmas door decoration contest was held at Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. The winner was the door to the OB unit.

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual Trail of Holly home and business Christmas decorating contest. First place winners included: modern, Ted Chacona, Sayre; fantasy, Jim and Kathy King, Sayre; religious, Doug and Betty Lathom, Sayre; and old-fashioned, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Minehardt, Waverly.

Celebrating his birthday today is Jerry Jannone, owner of Camp Ballibay Inc. at Camptown.

75 years ago - 1937

Charles Wrisley, manager of the Dean Phipps Auto Supply Store in Towanda, was informed yesterday by his company that he has won first place in a tire-selling contest conducted by his employers at all their stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles of Towanda yesterday gave two 20-pounds turkeys to the county children's home for use during the Christmas season.

The Mountain Laurel Troop of Girl Scouts of Sayre went to the Robert Packer Hospital this evening and sang carols in the various halls and wards.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va.

In 1788, Maryland passed an act to cede an area "not exceeding ten miles square" for the seat of the national government; about 2/3 of the area became the District of Columbia.

In 1823, the poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" was published anonymously in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel; the verse, more popularly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was later attributed to Clement C. Moore.

In 1928, the National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, coast-to-coast network.

In 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.

In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo.

In 1968, 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.

In 1972, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Nicaragua, destroying most of the capital, Managua; the disaster claimed some 5,000 lives.

In 1991, fire destroyed a house in Corsicana, Texas, killing three young children; their father, Cameron Todd Willingham, was convicted of starting the blaze and was executed in 2004, although some experts raised questions about whether the fire had been deliberately set.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin is 91. Actor Ronnie Schell is 81. Emperor Akihito of Japan is 79. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung is 77. Actor Frederic Forrest is 76. Actor James Stacy is 76. Rock musician Jorma Kaukonen is 72. Rock musician Ron Bushy is 71. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 69. Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is 68. Actress Susan Lucci is 66. Singer-musician Adrian Belew is 63. Rock musician Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) is 56. Actress Joan Severance is 54. Singer Terry Weeks is 49. Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is 48. The former first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is 45. Rock musician Jamie Murphy is 37. Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield is 35. Actress Estella Warren is 34. Actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle is 22.

Thought for Today: "Life began for me when I ceased to admire and began to remember." - Willa Cather, American author (1873-1947).