Today is Tuesday, May 1, the 122nd day of 2012. There are 244 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 1, 1982, the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., was opened by President Ronald Reagan. The fair's theme: "Energy Turns the World." (The six-month exposition's last day was October 31.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The adult volunteers of Robert Packer Hospital were honored for their hours of service at a special volunteer recognition banquet held last night. Recognition for the highest number of hours of service went to Betty Riker and Elbert Shepson, who both received their 15.000, 15,500, 16,000 and 16,500 hour guards.

Yonna Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Taylor, Canton, recently took part in the Pennsylvania for Human Life contest at Harywood College. She won second prize of $100.

The Franklin Township Fire Company Auxiliary recently held an Easter Egg hunt. Those finding the most eggs were: ages up to 4, Zachary Bump; ages 5-7, Stacey Johnson and Ardena Ervin; and ages 8-12, Holly Kitchen.

50 years ago - 1962

The Towanda Valley High School Joint Board held a meeting last night, during which it passed the 1962-62 budget of $441,578 for operation of the high school, adopted an accelerated program of studies, employed an industrial arts teacher and heard a glowing financial report on the athletic program.

The Rev. Philip Jerome Cleveland, former pastor of the Dille Larger Parish, living in LeRaysville, is included in "The Treasury of Religious Verse," an anthology of significant religious poems of the past century.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Gorham of LeRaysville were married 50 years ago today.

75 years ago - 1937

Seen about the borough: Workmen using a windlass to snake bundles of shingles up the side of the Keystone Theater to be used for the new roof.

Charles B. Tobey was elected president of the Sayre Rotary Club for the coming year last night.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Wheaton returned recently to their home at Potterville after spending four months at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.

In 1898, Commodore George Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

In 1931, New York's 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated. Singer Kate Smith made her debut on CBS Radio.

In 1941, the Orson Welles motion picture "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

In 1962, the first Target discount store opened in Roseville, Minn.

In 1971, the intercity passenger rail service Amtrak went into operation.

In 1987, during a visit to West Germany, Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, pleading, "Can we all get along?"

Today's Birthdays: Former astronaut Scott Carpenter is 87. Country singer Sonny James is 83. Singer Judy Collins is 73. Actor Stephen Macht is 70. Singer Rita Coolidge is 67. Pop singer Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams) is 66. Actor-director Douglas Barr is 63. Actor Dann Florek is 61. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 58. Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen is 52. Actress Maia Morgenstern is 50. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 47. Actor Charlie Schlatter is 46. Country singer Tim McGraw is 45. Rock musician Johnny Colt is 44. Rock musician D'Arcy is 44. Movie director Wes Anderson is 43. Actress Julie Benz is 40. Country singer Cory Morrow is 40. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) is 38. Actor Darius McCrary is 36.

Thought for Today: "Anyone who is satisfied to stand still should not complain when others pass him." - Italian proverb.