Today is Tuesday, July 24, the 206th day of 2012. There are 160 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 24, 1862, Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a U.S. citizen, died at age 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y., the town where he was born in 1782.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

A 6-foot mechanical ape is welcoming travelers to stop in at Arnold's Truck Center along Elmira Street in Athens Township.

Susan Beers of Wysox is celebrating her 22nd birthday today. She is an employee of the Wysox General Store.

Among the featured exhibitors at Troy Fair Quilt Day July 30 will be renowned Tunkhannock quilter Nancy Srebro, who will display and discuss her quilts, wall-hangings and miniatures.

50 years ago - 1962

Towanda Area Joint Operating Committee meeting last night voted to offer a contract for 12 months to Charles R. Dull, a Penn State graduate, to teach vocational agriculture and general science. This will be his first teaching experience. The salary was set at $5,400.

Judge James W. Cullen heard his first appeal from a summary conviction for speeding gained through radar evidence in court yesterday, and sustained the conviction. This was the first time that a radar conviction for speeding had been appealed in this county since radar evidence became legal in this state last summer.

A meeting has been scheduled for July 26 in conjunction with the regular assembly of the Bradford County School Board, to discuss the feasibility of obtaining an area technical school for this county.

75 years ago - 1937

Ernest Holcombe of Leroy is installing a battery laying system in his poultry house.

Miss Arlene Root of Lopez was winner of the beauty contest conducted at Lake Mokoma recently.

A choice collection of phonograph records has been presented to the music education department of Mansfield State Teachers College by Miss Margaret Hopkins of the training school faculty.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in present-day Utah.

In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

In 1911, Yale University history professor Hiram Bingham III found the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu, in Peru.

In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland.

In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case."

In 1952, President Harry S. Truman announced a settlement in a 53-day steel strike.

In 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous "Kitchen Debate" with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts - two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon - splashed down safely in the Pacific.

In 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

In 1987, Hulda Crooks, a 91-year-old mountaineer from California, became the oldest woman to conquer Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Jacqueline Brookes is 82. Actor John Aniston is 79. Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 77. Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 76. Actor Mark Goddard is 76. Actor Dan Hedaya is 72. Actor Chris Sarandon is 70. Comedian Gallagher is 66. Actor Robert Hays is 65. Former Republican national chairman Marc Racicot is 64. Actor Michael Richards is 63. Actress Lynda Carter is 61. Movie director Gus Van Sant is 60. Country singer Pam Tillis is 55. Actor Paul Ben-Victor is 50. Actor Kadeem Hardison is 47. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 44. Actress Laura Leighton is 44. Actor John P. Navin Jr. is 44. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 43. Basketball player-turned-actor Rick Fox is 43. Actor Eric Szmanda is 37. Actress Rose Byrne is 33. Actress Summer Glau is 31. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 30. Actress Anna Paquin is 30. Actress Mara Wilson is 25. TV personality Bindi Irwin is 14.

Thought for Today: "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't." - Attributed to President Martin Van Buren (1782-1862).