Today is Saturday, July 7, the 189th day of 2012. There are 177 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 7, 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese War erupted into full-scale conflict as Imperial Japanese forces attacked the Marco Polo Bridge in Beijing. (The end of the fighting coincided with the conclusion of World War II.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority has announced a major recycling system will be implemented at its Tioga County and Bradford County landfill sites within the next 60 days.

A colorful balloon launch yesterday market the beginning of the 1987 Special Needs Adaptive Program, a four-week summer program sponsored by the Association for People with Special Needs that is being held at the Wysox Elementary School.

Bob and Shirley Munkittrick are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today.

50 years ago - 1962

Waverly Moose Lodge No. 1490 has been awarded a citation for community service activity, in competition held among the more than 1,900 Moose lodges throughout the United States.

Al Baldwin in car No. 97 won the modern feature in the East Towanda auto races last night and Frank Chapman in No. 14 took the stock feature.

The Water Committee of the Wyalusing Borough Council requests that residents refrain from using water hoses and any water that they can avoid otherwise, as the water supply is getting low.

75 years ago - 1937

There was much excitement at Shores Hill last week when 18 airplanes, all in one group, passed over the community.

The Williamsport and North Branch Railroad, chartered in 1864 and for many years operated between Williamsport and Eagles Mere, is to be abandoned.

The affairs of the Towanda Lions Club were turned over to a new group of officers last night at the closing meeting of the club year. Gerald Fox takes over as president, Henry Dunn takes over as first vice president and Robert Bennett takes over as second vice president.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii.

In 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam).

In 1969, Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to the Official Languages Act, making French equal to English throughout the national government.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1983, 11-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.

Today's Birthdays: Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 85. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 79. Rock star Ringo Starr is 72. Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 69. Rock musician Jim Rodford is 67. Actor Joe Spano is 66. Pop singer David Hodo (The Village People) is 65. Country singer Linda Williams is 65. Actress Shelley Duvall is 63. Actress Roz Ryan is 61. Actor Billy Campbell is 53. Rock musician Mark White (Spin Doctors) is 50. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 49. Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 46. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ricky Kinchen (Mint Condition) is 46. Actress Amy Carlson is 44. Actress Jorja Fox is 44. Actress Cree Summer is 43. Actress Kirsten Vangsness is 40. Actor Troy Garity is 39. Actress Berenice Bejo is 36. Actor Hamish Linklater is 36. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Michelle Kwan is 32. Rapper Cassidy is 30. Country singer Gabbie Nolen is 30. Actor Ross Malinger is 28.

Thought for Today: "Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work." - Booker T. Washington, American educator and author (1856-1915).