Today is Monday, June 11, the 163rd day of 2012. There are 203 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On June 11, 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft. Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin were never found or heard from again.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Steve and Barb Gay from Tunkhannock have begun their work as the new fixed base operators of the Towanda Airport.

Women who are physically or sexually abused now have a direction to turn for help. Sullivan County Victim Services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse/rape was established in Laporte this week to serve residents of the county.

Celebrating his 85th birthday today is Carl Carlson, a former employee of The Daily Review and well-known in the Towanda area, having filled the boots of Santa Claus in the downtown area for many, many years.

50 years ago - 1962

Phillip Hatch of Hatch Electric Center, Towanda, was recently appointed chairman of the Bradford County Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Application of the Church of the Epiphany of Sayre for permission to construct a new parochial school on Stevenson Street was granted recently by the Sayre Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The office of the supervising principal at Towanda Valley High School and the office of the high school principals will be open all summer, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

75 years ago - 1937

Operators of a chain of 24 drug stores, the firm of Widmann & Teah Inc., will open a store in Towanda tomorrow.

At the installation of Grand Lodge officers at the closing session of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania IOOF at Philadelphia yesterday, Nile W. Foulke of Athens was installed as Grand Herald.

Alumni of the Waverly High School will hold their annual banquet the night of June 22 and make it a farewell party to Superintendent of Schools P.C. Meserve, who is retiring at the end of the current fiscal year.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.

In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.

In 1963, a Buddhist monk set himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

In 1971, the year-and-a-half-long occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay by American Indian activists ended as federal officers evicted the remaining protesters.

In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.

In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament.

Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Rise Stevens is 99. Actor Gene Wilder is 79. Actor Chad Everett is 75. Comedian Johnny Brown is 75. International Motorsports Hall of Famer Jackie Stewart is 73. Singer Joey Dee is 72. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 67. Rock musician Frank Beard is 63. Rock singer Donnie Van Zant is 60. Actor Peter Bergman is 59. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 56. Actor Hugh Laurie is 53. Singer Gioia Bruno is 49. Rock musician Dan Lavery is 46. Country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison is 46. Actor Peter Dinklage is 43. Country musician Smilin' Jay McDowell is 43. Rock musician Tai Anderson is 36. Actor Joshua Jackson is 34. Christian rock musician Ryan Shrout is 32. Actor Shia LaBeouf is 26.

Thought for Today: "Forgetfulness is a form of freedom." - Khalil Gibran, American poet and artist (1883-1931).