Today is Friday, July 6, the 188th day of 2012. There are 178 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 6, 1962, Nobel Prize-winning American author William Faulkner, one of the giants of Southern literature, died in Byhalia, Miss., at age 64.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Mac Davenport of Wysox, deputy fish commissioner, is celebrating his birthday today.

Sunshine Tomlinson, daughter of Mollie and John Zelewicz of Forksville, recently was awarded a trophy and crown in the Miss American Co-Ed pageant for her high participation level.

Thomas F. Bednarek, M.D., of Sayre, has been recently elected as a district director to the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division's Board of Directors.

50 years ago - 1962

Fire, which caused $60,000 damage at the Apalachin Planing Mill yesterday, spread smog over the whole Triple Cities area and was noticed as far away as Towanda, Monroeton and Durell last night.

The Bradford County Sheep and Wool Growers Cooperative pooled 31,688 lbs of wool this year worth $17,410.18, it was announced last night by County Agent Orville Yoder.

The Athens Area Joint School Board in session recently engaged Richard Merritt of Athens to teach the sixth grade at the Main Elementary School and Willard Long of Wysox to teach fourth grade at the McDuffee Street School.

75 years ago - 1937

D.A. McNeal and E.C. Hulme received word yesterday that they have won first place in a contest conducted during May and June in the Scranton district by the Pennsylvania Indemnity Corporation, an auto casualty concern. They had the most applications and the largest volume of business of the 25 agencies competing.

Hundreds of people flocked to Troy for its big Fourth of July carnival held under the auspices of the Brooks-Flick Post of the American Legion. Events included a parade, a softball game, a bicycle race and a pig chase.

The Robert Packer Hospital will receive $129,900 from the state during the biennium, which began June 1 under a measure just signed by the governor. During the two years which ended May 31, the appropriation for the hospital was $120,000.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.

In 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played at Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League, 4-2.

In 1942, Anne Frank, her parents and sister entered a "secret annex" in an Amsterdam building where they were later joined by four other people; they hid from Nazi occupiers for two years before being betrayed and arrested.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.

In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.

Today's Birthdays: Former first lady Nancy Reagan is 91. Actor William Schallert is 90. Singer-actress Della Reese is 81. The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, is 77. Actor Ned Beatty is 75. Singer Gene Chandler is 72. Country singer Jeannie Seely is 72. Actor Burt Ward is 67. Former President George W. Bush is 66. Actor-director Sylvester Stallone is 66. Actor and former football player Fred Dryer is 66. Actress Shelley Hack is 65. Actress Nathalie Baye is 64. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 61. Actress Allyce Beasley is 61. Rock musician John Bazz (The Blasters) is 60. Actor Grant Goodeve is 60. Country singer Nanci Griffith is 59. Jazz musician Rick Braun is 57. Country musician John Jorgenson is 56. Former first daughter Susan Ford Bales is 55. Former hockey player and coach Ron Duguay is 55. Actress-writer Jennifer Saunders is 54. Rock musician John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) is 53. Actor Brian Posehn is 46. Actor Brian Van Holt (TV: "Cougar Town") is 43. Rapper Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) is 42. Rapper 50 Cent is 37. Actress Tamera Mowry is 34. Actress Tia Mowry is 34. Actress Eva Green is 32. Actor Gregory Smith is 29. Rock singer Kate Nash is 25. Actor Jeremy Suarez is 22.

Thought for Today: "Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window." - William Faulkner (1897-1962).