Today is Monday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2012. There are 224 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland; Earhart's achievement came on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo flight to France.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

At the recent Towanda Area School District spelling bee held at J. Andrew Morrow School, Katie Coldren finished first and Kaija Dibble finished second.

Louise Benditt of Monroeton, daughter of Paul and Cathy Thrasher and a secretary at Masonite, is celebrating a birthday today.

Representatives of the Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative recently visited with U.S. Congressman Joseph McDade on a trip to Washington.

50 years ago - 1962

Celebrating his birthday today is Vernon I. Perry, member of the plumbing firm in Towanda of Mills, Perry & Mills.

The offices of several Towanda doctors will be closed tonight from 8-8:30 p.m. barring emergencies for the doctors to watch the TV program "Your Doctor Reports on Medical Care for the Aged."

Mr. and Mrs. George Hatches of Dushore were recently informed that their daughter, Patricia, has been awarded first prize in the annual Kappa Gamma Pi short story contest for her entry "This Special Day."

75 years ago - 1937

The annual Buddy Poppy sale conducted by the Morris Elias Rosenfield Post 1568 and its auxiliary will take place today and tomorrow in Towanda Borough.

An annual event of considerable interest to housewives of the community is scheduled to start today - the eighth Standard Food Store anniversary sale.

The annual commencement activities of the New Albany Joint Vocational High School gets under way in two days. There are 25 members of this year's class. Patrick Sullivan is the president and Richard Setzer is the vice president.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: The Supreme Court ruled that parents didn't need to hire a lawyer to sue public school districts over their children's special education needs. The Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert for the diabetes drug Avandia, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, which disputed a report saying it was linked to a greater risk of heart attack.

One year ago: The apocalypse did not arrive, despite the prophecy of 89-year-old Christian broadcast group operator Harold Camping, who had been predicting the rolling global destruction of Judgment Day for years. Shackleford won the Preakness, holding off a late charge from Kentucky Derby-winner Animal Kingdom to win as a 12-1 underdog.

Today's Birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 71. Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 69. Actor Richard Hatch ("Battlestar Galactica") is 67. Musician Bill Champlin is 65. Singer Leo Sayer is 64. Actress Carol Potter is 64. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is 61. Actor Mr. T is 60. Music producer Stan Lynch is 57. Actor Judge Reinhold is 55. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 53. Actor Brent Briscoe is 51. Actress Lisa Edelstein is 46. Actress Fairuza Balk is 38. Rock singer-musician Mikel Jollett (Airborne Toxic Event) is 38. Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 38.

Actress Ashlie Brillault is 25. Actor Scott Leavenworth is 22. Actress Sarah Ramos is 21.

Thought for Today: "Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters of life begin when you get what you want." - Irving Kristol, American writer (1920-2009).