Today is Wednesday, June 6, the 158th day of 2012. There are 208 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on "D-Day," beginning the liberation of German-occupied western Europe.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

"Sea Island Yankee," the recent book by Clyde W. Bresee of Athens, has been selected by the Library of Congress for "Talking Books for the Blind," according to word received at the Bradford County Library.

Tires-R-Us, a new business located in Nichols, will offer over 16 brands of tires along with complete lines of custom wheels, batteries and accessories, according to founder of Christiansen Tire Center of LeRaysville Alfred Christiansen Jr.

Hurley's Super Duper Market in Dushore was selected to the Progressive Grocer's Honor Roll of outstanding independent grocers featured in a recent issue of the "Progressive Grocer" magazine.

50 years ago - 1962

Seven members of Wysox Troop 50, Boy Scouts, were advanced at a campfire held outside the Wysox Presbyterian Church recently. They were David Williams, Bob Beers, Chris Shoemaker and Charles Carter, second class; David Williams and Gary Eddy, first class; Larry Taylor, Star Scout.

The only authentic Susquehanna totem pole will be dedicated June 24 at the Wyalusing Rocks.

John Wheeler of the Wysox GLF farm store has completed a comprehensive training session on the new DeLaval milking system held at Tunkhannock recently. The new milker is the result of a broad, three-year program of research, development and testing conducted by the manufacturer.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1862, the (first) Battle of Memphis took place during the Civil War as Union naval forces annihilated a Confederate fleet and captured the Tennessee city.

In 1932, the Senate approved, and President Herbert Hoover signed, a Revenue Act containing the first federal gasoline tax, which was one cent per gallon.

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, N.J. (The movie shown was "Wives Beware," starring Adolphe Menjou.)

In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.

In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country.

In 1985, authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious "Angel of Death" of the Nazi Holocaust.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Billie Whitelaw is 80. Civil rights activist Roy Innis is 78. Singer-songwriter Gary "U.S." Bonds is 73. Country singer Joe Stampley is 69. Actor Robert Englund is 65. Folk singer Holly Near is 63. Singer Dwight Twilley is 61. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 60. Comedian Sandra Bernhard is 57. International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg is 56. Actress Amanda Pays is 53. Comedian Colin Quinn is 53. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 53. Rock musician Steve Vai is 52. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 51. Actor Jason Isaacs is 49. Rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 46. Actor Max Casella is 45. Actor Paul Giamatti is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 44. Rock musician Bardi Martin is 43. Rock musician James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn) is 42. TV correspondent Natalie Morales is 40. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 39. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 38. Actress Sonya Walger is 38. Actress Staci Keanan is 37. Actress Amber Borycki is 29.

Thought for Today: "A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone." - Paul Valery, French poet and essayist (1871-1945).