Today is Thursday, July 19, the 201st day of 2012. There are 165 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 19, 1812, during the War of 1812, the First Battle of Sackets Harbor in Lake Ontario resulted in an American victory as U.S. naval forces repelled a British attack.

Glancing Backward Locally:

50 years ago - 1962

Three local men will hold important positions in the Elmira Chapter of the National Association of Accountants for the year 1962-63. Francis Rockefeller was named program director, Paul DeWitt was appointed associate director of programs, and Francis McNeal was named associate director of publicity.

Celebrating her birthday today is Mrs. Harriet O. Blowers of Towanda, who retired last spring as office deputy of the Bradford County Sheriff.

Louise Wolzak of Eerbeek, Holland, Wyalusing Valley's American Field Service student for 1962-32 school year, will arrive in New York Aug. 7 according to word received by the American family with whom she will live, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Norconk of Wilmot.

75 years ago - 1937

The Masten CCC team was victorious in the first half of the Canton Softball League, winning every game.

The Pond Hill Yacht Club held its first race of the season yesterday afternoon with weather conditions ideal for sailing. Only three boats were entered: John Jay Moore's new "Comet," the Finn boys' boat "Margie," and Commodore Turner's boat.

The Maxwell Chapter OES and Canton Chapter OES will hold a joint picnic at the Claude Shaffer home at Sylvania tomorrow.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

In 1989, 111 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda, Calif.

In 1992, anti-Mafia prosecutor Paolo Borsellino was killed along with five members of his security escort in a car bombing in Palermo, Sicily.

Ten years ago: The Dow Jones industrials dipped below their post-terrorist attack lows in a 390-point selloff. ConAgra Beef Co. of Colorado asked Americans to destroy 19 million pounds of hamburger meat because of E. coli concerns. Alejandro Avila was arrested in the slaying of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion of Stanton, Calif. (Avila was later convicted and sentenced to death.) Celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax died in Safety Harbor, Fla., at age 87.

Five years ago: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was demanding money from Bush administration officials she blamed for leaking her agency identity. Taliban gunmen abducted 23 South Koreans who worked at an aid organization in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Two hostages were fatally shot; the rest were later freed.)

One year ago: Summoned by British lawmakers to answer for a phone hacking and bribery scandal at one of his tabloids, News of the World, media mogul Rupert Murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed, but accepted no responsibility for wrongdoing.

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., is 90. Actress Helen Gallagher is 86. Country singer Sue Thompson is 86. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 75. Singer Vikki Carr is 72. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 68. Actor George Dzundza is 67. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie is 66. Rock musician Brian May is 65. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 65. Actress Beverly Archer is 64. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 61. Actor Peter Barton is 56. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 52. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 52. Actor Campbell Scott is 51. Actor Anthony Edwards is 50. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 49. Actress Clea Lewis is 47. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 42. Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 41. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 41. Alt-country singer Elizabeth Cook is 40. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 38. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 36. Actor Jared Padalecki is 30.

Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 22.

Thought for Today: "Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity, but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money." - Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States (1891-1974).