Today is Thursday, June 28, the 180th day of 2012. There are 186 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On June 28, 1712, philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the most influential thinkers of the 18th century Enlightenment, was born in Geneva.

Glancing Backward Locally:

50 years ago - 1962

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In Bradford County, home ownership has been on the rise and is now at a high level according to recent findings. They show that 74.3 percent of all dwelling units in use in Bradford County are owned by their occupants, compared with 61.9 percent in the United States.

The State Game Commission has allotted to Bradford County 3,600 licenses for the special antlerless deer hunting set for Dec. 17.

75 years ago - 1937

The first annual meeting of the Monroeton-Towanda Tennis Club was held yesterday, officers being elected and plans made for the coming season. Dick Rice of Monroeton was elected president.

The annual Old Folks Day was held over the weekend with 50 seniors registered. The oldest man present was Bernard Cranmer, 99, of Monroeton. The oldest woman present was Mrs. Sophia Carnochan of Troy who is 95 years old.

After defeating the Rome baseball team in a County League game at Rome recently by the score of 4-2, the Towanda team yesterday conquered the Morris All-Stars on the East Side grounds yesterday to the tune of 20-3.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth took place in New Jersey; it was from this battle that the legend of "Molly Pitcher" arose.

In 1836, the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died in Montpelier, Va.

In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip - the event which sparked World War I.

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending the First World War. In Independence, Mo., future president Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace.

In 1922, the Irish Civil War began between rival nationalists over the Anglo-Irish Treaty establishing the Irish Free State. (The conflict lasted nearly a year, resulting in defeat for anti-treaty forces.)

In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France.

In 1944, the Republican national convention in Chicago nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president and Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker for vice president.

In 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

In 1962, a jury in New York awarded $3.5 million to former radio-TV personality John Henry Faulk in his libel suit against the group AWARE Inc. and two individuals who'd accused him of Communist sympathies and gotten him blacklisted.

In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he'd been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.

In 1981, a bomb exploded at the Tehran headquarters of Iran's ruling Islamic Republic Party, killing 74 people, including Iran's chief judge, Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti.

In 2000, seven months after he was cast adrift in the Florida Straits, Elian Gonzalez was returned to his native Cuba.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 86. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., is 78. Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 75. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is 74. Rock musician Dave Knights is 67. Actor Bruce Davison is 66. Actress Kathy Bates is 64. Actress Alice Krige is 58. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 52. Record company chief executive Tony Mercedes is 50. Actress Jessica Hecht is 47. Rock musician Saul Davies is 47. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 46. Actor John Cusack is 46. Actor Gil Bellows is 45. Actress-singer Danielle Brisebois is 43. Jazz musician Jimmy Sommers is 43. Actress Tichina Arnold is 43. Actor Alessandro Nivola is 40. Actress Camille Guaty is 36. Rock musician Tim Nordwind is 36. Rock musician Mark Stoermer is 35. Country singer Big Vinny Hickerson is 29. Country singer Kellie Pickler is 26.

Thought for Today: "Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).