Today is Monday, April 30, the 121st day of 2012. There are 245 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 30, 1812, Louisiana (formerly the Territory of Orleans) became the 18th state of the Union.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Six of the 10 candidates running for Northeast Bradford school director faced an audience of about 100 teachers and residents recently to answer questions relative to their qualifications for the job.

Demolition of the Sayre Public Library is expected to begin next week, the first step in the construction of the new library, to be constructed on the empty lot next to the present library, on the corner of Elmer and Packer avenues in Sayre.

The new traffic signal installed at the main intersection in Troy Borough was turned on at the beginning of this week. A "right-turn only" lane was added, and parking has been prohibited by an ordinance from Center Street to Exchange Street at the intersection.

50 years ago - 1962

Mrs. Carolyn Danforth Davis has opened a music studio at 107 Main St., Towanda. Classes for children and adults will be held Monday through Saturday.

George M. West of Sayre was elected treasurer of the Robert Packer Hospital by the hospital board at a recent meeting.

A public hearing on the proposed construction of a section of the Southern Tier Expressway in the Nichols area will be conducted May 2 in the Nichols Elementary School auditorium.

75 years ago - 1937

A birthday party was held at the Bite Bar last evening in honor of Miss Lucille Chamberlain.

The annual observance of rural life Sunday will be conducted this coming Sunday at the Methodist churches in Standing Stone and Herrickville.

Jobey Campbell of Ulster brought to the Review office yesterday a pair of boots that were made in Towanda in 1887, being 50 years old at the present time.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: Benevolence International Foundation, an Islamic charity based in suburban Chicago, and its director were charged with perjury; authorities accused the charity of supporting terrorists. (Enaam Arnaout (EE'-nam ahr-NAHT') later pleaded guilty to racketeering, admitting he'd defrauded donors by diverting some of the money to Islamic military groups in Bosnia and Chechnya.)

Five years ago: A British judge sentenced five al-Qaida-linked men, all British citizens, to life in prison for plotting to attack London targets, including a nightclub, power plants and shopping mall with bombs. An Israeli government probe faulted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for what it called "very severe failures" in Israel's war with Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. Actor Tom Poston died in Los Angeles at age 85.

One year ago: A Libyan official said Moammar Gadhafi had escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli that killed one of his sons and three young grandchildren. (There have been conflicting accounts about whether Gadhafi's relatives even died in the airstrike.) In Moscow, Japan's Miki Ando defeated Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea at the world figure skating championships originally scheduled for Japan, which had been devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 86. Singer Willie Nelson is 79. Actor Gary Collins is 74. Actor Burt Young is 72. Singer Bobby Vee is 69. Movie director Allan Arkush is 64. Actor Perry King is 64. Singer Merrill Osmond is 59. Movie director Jane Campion is 58. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 53. Actor Paul Gross is 53. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 51. Country musician Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) is 50. Actor Adrian Pasdar is 47. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 45. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 41. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 41. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 41. Actress Lisa Dean Ryan is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Akon is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 39. Actor Johnny Galecki is 37. Singer-musician Cole Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 36. Actor Kunal Nayyar is 31. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 30.

Actress Kirsten Dunst is 30. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 28. Actress Dianna Agron is 26.

Thought for Today: "There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker." - Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (1922-2000).