Today is Wednesday, May 2, the 123rd day of 2012. There are 243 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Leprino Foods and Eastern Milk Producers announced yesterday that the Waverly cheese plant will undergo a $6-million expansion and that area dairy farmers will be given an incentive program for selling their milk to the plant.

John M. Thomas, M.D., president of the Guthrie Clinic Ltd., has announced plans to construct a five-story, 100,000 square foot physician office building in Sayre.

Rush and Helen Gates of Columbia Cross Roads are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.

50 years ago - 1962

Two meetings are scheduled by the Bradford County School Board on May 10 for discussion of compliance with Act. 561 on the school district reorganization of the county.

Gary Greene of the Northeast Bradford FFA won first place in the regional FFA Speaking Contest held recently at Tunkhannock.

Dedication services for the new elementary school at Camptown are scheduled for May 12. Cortez Fisk, former principal of Camptown High School, will be guest speaker.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.

In 1932, Jack Benny's first radio show, sponsored by Canada Dry, made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.

In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

In 1952, the era of commercial jet passenger service began as a BOAC de Havilland Comet carrying 36 passengers took off on a multi-stop flight from London to Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

In 1960, Caryl Chessman, who'd become a best-selling author and cause celebre while on death row for kidnapping, rape and robbery, was executed at San Quentin Prison in California.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 88. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 76. Actress and political activist Bianca Jagger is 67. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 67. Singer Lesley Gore is 66. Actor David Suchet is 66. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 64. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 62. Actress Christine Baranski is 60. Singer Angela Bofill is 58. Movie director Stephen Daldry ("The Reader") is 52. Actress Elizabeth Berridge is 50. Country singer Ty Herndon is 50. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 43. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson is 40. Soccer player David Beckham is 37. Actress Jenna Von Oy is 35. Actress Ellie Kemper is 32. Actor Robert Buckley is 31. Actor Gaius Charles is 29. Pop singer Lily Allen is 27. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 27. Rock musician Jim Almgren (Carolina Liar) is 26. Actress Kay Panabaker is 22.

Thought for Today: "What experience and history teach is this: that people and governments have never learned anything from history." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (1770-1831).