Today is Sunday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2012. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 1, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the first Pacific Railroad Act "to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Ralph H. Meyer, president of the Guthrie Inn and Conference Center, recently announced the appointment of Wayne Mello as the new general manager of the Guthrie Inn and Conference Center in Sayre.

The Troy Area Ambulance Association recently put into service a third ambulance, a newly-purchased 1983 Ford which will be used as a first response vehicle, replacing the older 1981 Ford.

The Eagles won the Towanda Little League's Senior Division championship following their 9-1 playoff victory over Citizens and Northern Bank to finish with a 13-3 record.

75 years ago - 1937

That 6,319 Bradford County people have registered for the coming fall elections was revealed last evening by Charles E. Bennett, clerk of the Registration Commission. Of this number, 4,490 are Republicans and 1,815 are Democrats with 14 listed with some other party.

Miss Betty Blackman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Blackman of Sayre, has successfully passed the Ned Wayburn talent test at Hecksher's theater, New York City, and will take a special 10-week course in professional stage dancing starting this weekend.

The first of a series of concerts by the Montrose High School Band will be conducted in its entirety by Frank L. Miller, Monroeton bandmaster, tomorrow. The Montrose organization is rated as one of the best of its kind in this section of the state.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kennebunkport, Maine, for an overnight visit at the Bush family estate and talks with President George W. Bush. Princes William and Harry celebrated the life of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday with a concert they'd organized at London's Wembley Stadium. Golfer Cristie Kerr won the U.S. Women's Open.

One year ago: Leon Panetta took over as U.S. secretary of defense after 2½ years as director of the CIA. Six weeks after ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he'd fathered a child with a member of his household staff, Maria Shriver filed divorce papers seeking to end their 25-year marriage. In Minnesota, the state government shut down after legislators could not agree on a budget; the shutdown lasted nearly three weeks. The NBA locked out its players, a long-expected move that put the 2011-12 season in jeopardy. (The lockout ended in Dec. 2011 with the adoption of a new collective bargaining agreement.)

Today's Birthdays: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 96. Actress-dancer Leslie Caron is 81. Actress Jean Marsh is 78. Actor Jamie Farr is 78. Bluesman James Cotton is 77. Actor David Prowse is 77. Cookiemaker Wally Amos is 76. Actress Karen Black is 73. Dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp is 71. Actress Genevieve Bujold is 70. Gospel singer Andrae Crouch is 70. Rock singer-actress Deborah Harry is 67. Movie-TV producer-director Michael Pressman is 62. Actor Daryl Anderson is 61. Actor Trevor Eve is 61. Actor Terrence Mann is 61. Rock singer Fred Schneider (B-52's) is 61. Pop singer Victor Willis (Village People) is 61. Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd is 60. Actress Lorna Patterson is 56. Actor Alan Ruck is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Evelyn "Champagne" King is 52. Olympic gold medal track star Carl Lewis is 51. Country singer Michelle Wright is 51. Actor Andre Braugher is 50. Actress Pamela Anderson is 45. Rock musician Mark Pirro is 42. Rock musician Franny Griffiths (Space) is 42. Actor Henry Simmons is 42. Hip-hop artist Missy Elliott is 41. Actress Julianne Nicholson is 41. Actress Melissa Peterman is 41. Actress Liv Tyler is 35. Bluegrass musician Adam Haynes (Dailey & Vincent) is 33. Actress Hilarie Burton is 30. Actress Lynsey Bartilson is 29. Actor Evan Ellingson is 24. Actors Steven and Andrew Cavarno are 20.

Thought for Today: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." - L.P. Hartley, British author (1895-1972).