Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2012. There are 26 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 5, 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union announced a bilateral space agreement on exchanging weather data from satellites, mapping Earth's geomagnetic field and cooperating in the experimental relay of communications.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Loyal Order of the Moose in Waverly recently held its biannual Association Dinner for bingo workers. Guests included several Women of the Moose who also give their time working bingo.

In a move designed to take control of their own destinies, Sayre Senior Citizen Club offices circulated Living Will Declarations to their members and to several Robert Packer Hospital waiting rooms.

DuPont's drug/alcohol safety awareness team visited the Towanda Day Care Center recently where they presented a program to both the day care and kindergarten classes about seatbelt safety and saying "no" to drugs and alcohol.

50 years ago - 1962

The plan of Valley Red Cross Chapter was endorsed recently by the board of directors of the Waverly Chapter at its regular meeting at May Muldoon Junior High School.

The County Civil Defense Office in Towanda has received information from the District Public Works office that indicates that five sites in Bradford County qualify as fallout shelters and are eligible for marking and stocking. The sites are the Bradford County Jail at Towanda, The Department of Highways building in Towanda, the Lehigh Valley Railroad tunnel at Sayre, the J.J. Newberry store at Towanda, and the Post Office building at Sayre.

The annual winter exhibit of the Valley Arts Club opened recently in the old bank building on Desmond Street, Sayre. There are 94 works of art from 27 exhibitors. The work of Mrs. Ruth Culver of Laceyville was chosen by the judges as the most outstanding in the show.

Elsewhere on this date:

One year ago: The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced $3 billion in reductions, with cuts to first-class mail service by the spring of 2012 and elimination of more than 250 processing centers.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 80. Author Joan Didion is 78. Author Calvin Trillin is 77. Musician J.J. Cale is 74. Actor Jeroen Krabbe (yeh-ROHN' krah-BAY') is 68. Opera singer Jose Carreras is 66. Pop singer Jim Messina is 65. College Football Hall of Famer Jim Plunkett is 65. World Golf Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins is 63. Actress Morgan Brittany is 61. Actor Brian Backer is 56. Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk is 55. Country singer Ty England is 49. Rock singer-musician John Rzeznik (REZ'-nihk) (The Goo Goo Dolls) is 47. Country singer Gary Allan is 45. Comedian-actress Margaret Cho is 44. Writer-director Morgan J. Freeman is 43. Actress Alex Kapp Horner is 43.

Rock musician Regina Zernay (Cowboy Mouth) is 40. Actress Paula Patton is 37. Actress Amy Acker is 36. Actor Nick Stahl is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keri Hilson is 30. Actor Frankie Muniz is 27. Actor Ross Bagley is 24.

Thought for Today: "As a rule, there is no surer way to the dislike of men than to behave well where they have behaved badly." - Lew Wallace, American author (1827-1905).