Today is Wednesday, July 11, the 193rd day of 2012. There are 173 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 11, 1937, American composer and pianist George Gershwin, whose works included "Rhapsody in Blue," ''Concerto in F," ''An American in Paris," and "Porgy and Bess," died at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor; he was 38.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

A check for $4,550 was presented yesterday to Laporte Borough by Sen. Roger Madigan to help cover costs for pavilion construction in Laporte Park.

The Waverly Lions Club recently purchased a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) for the Waverly Police dispatching service to offer a means for emergency communication for the deaf or hearing impaired.

Workers of Viselli Builders, South Waverly, have been working on the new Bird Sumner Agency expansion on the corner of South Main Street and Susquehanna Street in Athens. The new single-story building will be a masonry steel construction measuring 18 feet high.

50 years ago - 1962

The Lewis Gun Shop has moved from Towanda to Wysox. The former gunsmith and machine shop is now consolidated with the small engine and magneto repair shop at the new location on Route 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Alger of Towanda celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary yesterday with a reception for friends and family at their home.

Celebrating his birthday today is Curtis Dickerson of Towanda, employee of the Pennsylvania Electric Co. and member of the borough council.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 81. Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 69. Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 65. Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 63. Actor Bruce McGill is 62. Singer Bonnie Pointer is 62. Actor Stephen Lang is 60. Actress Mindy Sterling is 59. Actress Sela Ward is 56. Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 55. Singer Peter Murphy is 55. Actor Mark Lester is 54. Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 54. Singer Suzanne Vega is 53. Rock guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 53. Actress Lisa Rinna is 49. Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 47. Actress Debbe (correct) Dunning is 46. Actor Gred Grunberg is 46. Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is 45. Actor Justin Chambers is 42. Actress Leisha Hailey is 41. Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 40. Pop-rock singer Andrew Bird is 39. Country singer Scotty Emerick is 39. Rapper Lil' Kim is 37. Rock singer Ben Gibbard is 36. Rapper Lil' Zane is 30. Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 29. Actor David Henrie is 23.

Actor Connor Paolo is 22.

Thought for Today: "Those people who think only of themselves, are hopelessly uneducated. They are not educated, no matter how instructed they may be." - Nicholas Murray Butler, American educator (1862-1947).