Today is Friday, June 29, the 181st day of 2012. There are 185 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 29, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Furman v. Georgia, Jackson v. Georgia and Branch v. Texas, struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to effectively impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The fourth Annual Dave Smith Memorial Run held over the weekend, with its eight runners and three alternates, completed a record 254 miles, with organizers reporting a total of $4,200 raised to fight cancer.

In the Canton Independence Day Celebration held over the weekend, the Lions won the bed race by finishing less than a second before the Moose Club.

Nikki Manley was chosen as the 1987 Miss New Albany.

50 years ago - 1962

Lewis Canfield was elected commander of the American Legion Post No. 42, Towanda, recently.

Celebrating his birthday today is Jerry Kinsman of Towanda, full-time fisherman and part-time printer.

Ground was broken recently on Route 6 between Laceyville and Meshoppen for a new plant for the L&M Sportswear Co. of Laceyville.

75 years ago - 1937

An important meeting has been called for tomorrow in St. Basil's auditorium for the purpose of discussing the organization of a band for Dushore and vicinity.

Quite a number of the children in Alba have the whooping cough.

The American Legion in Troy is planning a big celebration of the "Glorious Fourth" on July 5 with horse races, drum corps competitions, bicycle race, greased pig race, fantastic parade, baseball, fireworks and many other forms of entertainment.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to the American colonies. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament to repeal the duties - except for tea.)

In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, Calif., in 25 hours, 50 minutes.

In 1941, Polish statesman, pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski died in New York at age 80.

In 1956, actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, N.Y.

In 1967, Jerusalem was re-unified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.

In 1992, the remains of Polish statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski, interred for five decades in the United States, were returned to his homeland in keeping with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.

Today's Birthdays: Movie producer Robert Evans is 82. Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 72. Actor Gary Busey is 68. Comedian Richard Lewis is 65. Actor-turned-politican-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 64. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 64. Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 59. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 59. Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 55. Actress Sharon Lawrence is 51. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 48. Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 48. Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 47. Musician Dale Baker is 46. Actress Melora Hardin is 45. Rap DJ Shadow is 40. Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 34. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 34.

Thought for Today: "Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart." - Phyllis McGinley, American poet and author (1905-1978).