Today is Monday, July 16, the 198th day of 2012. There are 168 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 16, 1862, Flag Officer David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States Navy.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Troy Ambulance was awarded a one-year bid for manor ambulance services yesterday, with the Bradford County Commissioners saying they'll be monitoring closely the services being rendered by this new provider.

The Laporte Little Theatre opened its 13th season last night with the musical "Plain and Fancy" at Lake Makoma Inn, Laporte.

Bluhm's Shopping Center, sponsored by Keith Bluhm of Laceyville, bested 19 other teams in capturing the Class A Modified Pitch Softball State Championship held recently.

50 years ago - 1962

Bradford County farm crops are suffering severely under the spell of dry weather. Low rainfall during the early months of the growing season caused moisture deficiency. The few rains we had never amounted to over .3 of an inch at a time and quickly evaporated.

The Lakeside Hotel at Eagles Mere, since 1880 one of the better-known resort hotels of the East, has entertained its last guest. The stately old building will be sold, torn down, and the lots upon which it stands will be sold for cottage sites.

Francis "Bob" Archer, accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Hall, led the antique car parade in Towanda recently with his 1907 Sears, one of the very few made by that company still in existence.

75 years ago - 1937

Adrian Shay of Towanda resigned as manager of the upper Grand Union store to take a position as driver of the Star mail route from Towanda to Wyalusing by way of LeRaysville.

C.D. Jenkins has submitted his resignation as supervising principal of the LeRaysville schools to accept another position as supervising principal in Scott Township.

Dr. Donald Guthrie has accepted an invitation to serve as chairman of a University of Pennsylvania Bicentennial Committee in Bradford County, it was recently announced.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Ten years ago: The Irish Republican Army issued an unprecedented apology for hundreds of civilian deaths over 30 years.

Five years ago: Declaring a "moment of choice" in the Middle East, President George W. Bush said he would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a peace conference. A man carrying a gun and declaring "I am the emperor" was shot and killed by security outside the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. (The man was identified as 32-year-old Aaron Snyder.) A 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Japan's northwest coast killed 11 people and caused radioactive leaks at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant.

One year ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left his country for Cuba to begin chemotherapy, vowing to win his fight against cancer and calling for his political allies to stay united in his absence.

Today's Birthdays: Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 80. Soul singer Denise LaSalle is 78. Soul singer William Bell is 73. International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 70. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 64. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 64. Rock composer-musician Stewart Copeland is 60. Playwright Tony Kushner is 56. Dancer Michael Flatley is 54. Actress Phoebe Cates is 49. Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell is 47. Actor-comedian Will Ferrell is 45. Actor Jonathan Adams is 45. Actress Rain Pryor is 43.

Actor Corey Feldman is 41. Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 41. Rock singer Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool) is 38. Actress Jayma Mays (TV: "Glee") is 33. Actress AnnaLynne McCord is 25. Actor-singer James Maslow is 22. Actor Mark Indelicato is 18.

Thought for Today: "If sentiment doesn't ultimately make fibbers of some people, their natural abominable memories almost certainly will." - J.D. Salinger (1919-2010).