Today is Friday, April 27, the 118th day of 2012. There are 248 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 27, 2011, powerful tornadoes raked the South and Midwest. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 120 twisters resulted in 316 deaths across parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Towanda United Methodist Church's youth group held a balloon launch yesterday in honor of the church's Heritage Days.

Game Protector William Bower began a new tree planting program recently in conjunction with Arbor Day. The program is designed to make school children and others aware of the importance of trees as resources and oxygen producers.

About 18 riders were on hand for the annual St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital bike-a-thon yesterday at the Wyalusing Borough Park. Riders raised between $600-700 for the hospital.

50 years ago - 1962

Last night at the Region 6 Lions' Rally held at Troy High School with Troy Lions Club as host club, Beverly Jane Mott was presented two U.S. Savings Bonds in the amount of $25 for winner of the Bradford County NEPH Essay Contest and a $50 U.S. Savings Bond for winning fifth place in the state-wide contest.

Celebrating his birthday today is Garlyle Spencer, manager of Gillette's Drug Store in Towanda.

Earlyn "Bill" Gamble assumed duties as president of the Wyalusing Rainbow Club at the regular meeting recently at the Hollenback Methodist Church.

75 years ago - 1937

School closed in Springfield April 19 for the term. Six of the pupils went to Troy last week for the eighth grade examinations.

The quarters in the Carroll block at 507 Main St., Towanda are being remodeled and redecorated for use as a highly modernized fruit and vegetable store.

Miss Gertrude Barnes of Towanda, supervisor of music in the Rome schools, was guest soloist yesterday for a musical program presented by the Spring Circle in the Presbyterian Church in Waverly. She won high praise, her beautiful soprano voice being greatly appreciated.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

In 1777, the only land battle in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Ridgefield, took place, resulting in a limited British victory.

In 1967, Expo '67 was officially opened in Montreal by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

In 1972, the Apollo 16 mission to the moon ended safely.

In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley Jr., who had shot four people, including President Ronald Reagan, began in Washington. (The trial ended with Hinckley's acquittal by reason of insanity.)

Today's Birthdays: Actor Jack Klugman is 90. Actress Anouk Aimee is 80. Announcer Casey Kasem is 80. Actress Judy Carne is 73. Rock musician Jim Keltner is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cuba Gooding is 68. Singer Ann Peebles is 65. Rock singer Kate Pierson is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Herbie Murrell is 63. Actor Douglas Sheehan is 63. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 61. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 53. Actor James Le Gros is 50. Rock musician Rob Squires (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 47. Singer Mica Paris is 43. Actor David Lascher is 40. Actress Maura West is 40. Actress Sally Hawkins is 36. Rock musician Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) is 34. Rock singer Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is 34. Rock singer-musician Travis Meeks (Days of the New) is 33. Actress Ari Graynor is 29. Rock singer-musician Patrick Stump is 28. Actor William Moseley is 25. Singer Allison Iraheta is 20.

Thought for Today: "Fear not those who argue but those who dodge." - Dale Carnegie, American writer-lecturer (1888-1955).