Today is Sunday, July 22, the 204th day of 2012. There are 162 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Motorists traveling via Route 6 should take note of a handsome new billboard just outside Tunkhannock. Erected on behalf of the Towanda Area Chamber of Commerce, the billboard was financed by the group to help promote the area's many fine assets.

Duane Eddy, who is, according to his promotional material, one of the biggest-selling instrumentalists in the history of rock 'n' roll, just dropped by to visit Towanda last weekend. While here, he joined others of his local relations from the Eddy clan at Hugo's Grove for the annual Laquin reunion.

Building projects will again be under way in Sayre Borough as the state Department of Environmental Resources is lifting its ban on expansion.

75 years ago - 1937

The Lackawanna Motor Club yesterday installed a new direction sign in the point of the triangle formed by the junction of York Avenue and Main Street. The sign has an arrow pointing the direction of Route 6 and reading "Troy, Mansfield, Wellsboro, Erie."

The well which has been driven to augment the borough water supply in times of shortage has been completed and the electric pump installed, and now the town is just waiting for a dry spell to see what it's worth.

The runway on the Towanda airport was given its last coating of tar yesterday and now it is completely macadamized and ready for use by airplanes, and not by automobiles.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.

In 1812, English-led troops defeated the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain during the Peninsular War.

In 1893, Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates visited the summit of Pikes Peak, where she was inspired to write the original version of her poem "America the Beautiful."

In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 people.

In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama."

In 1942, the Nazis began transporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp. Gasoline rationing involving the use of coupons began along the Atlantic seaboard.

In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.

In 1962, Mariner 1, NASA's first attempt at sending a spacecraft to Venus, was destroyed shortly after launch because of faulty steering.

In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

In 1992, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escaped from his luxury prison near Medellin. (He was slain by security forces in December 1993.)

Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Licia Albanese is 99. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 89. Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 84. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 80. Actress Louise Fletcher is 78. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chuck Jackson is 75. Actor Terence Stamp is 74. Game show host Alex Trebek is 72. Singer George Clinton is 71. Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 69. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is 69. Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 66. Actor Danny Glover is 66. Singer Mireille Mathieu is 66. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 65. Rock singer Don Henley is 65. Movie composer Alan Menken is 63. Singer-actress Lonette McKee is 59. Jazz musician Al Di Meola is 58. Actor Willem Dafoe is 57. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith Sweat is 51. Actress Joanna Going is 49. Actor Rob Estes is 49. Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 49. Actor John Leguizamo is 48. Actor-comedian David Spade is 48. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 47. Rock musician Pat Badger is 45. Actress Irene Bedard is 45. Actor Rhys Ifans is 45. Actor Colin Ferguson is 40. Rock musician Daniel Jones is 39. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 39. Actress Franka Potente is 38. Actress A.J. Cook is 34. Actress Selena Gomez is 20.

Thought for Today: "Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense." - Helen Rowland, American writer and humorist (1875-1950).