Today is Sunday, July 8, the 190th day of 2012. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 8, 1962, the United States conducted Starfish Prime, a nuclear test in which a 1.44 megaton warhead was detonated 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean; the resulting electromagnetic pulse caused limited electrical disruptions in parts of Hawaii.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Last night's heavy rain storms resulted in flooding in some parts of Bradford County. According to reports flooding occurred in some areas, particularly the area just south of Wellsburg. Approximately a dozen people were evacuated from their homes in Ridgebury when streams came over the banks.

Area officials were on hand at the beginning of the week for the ribbon cutting of the Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton.

Calling it a "stalemate at this time," deputy director of media relations for the state Department of Environmental Resources (DER) John Caltagirone said the DER-imposed order prohibiting development in Sayre Borough is a local problem, and until Sayre adopts the Act 537 regional sewer plan, the ban will not be lifted.

75 years ago - 1937

Mary Annette Smith of Towanda is among those selected from the National Music School at Interlochen, Mich., to play in the Interlochen Band at the National Cherry Festival at Traverse City, Mich.

The Bar X Ranch Donkey Baseball and Donkey Derby, in which all the players ride donkeys, will be held next week.

Fred Stroud of Towanda is celebrating his birthday today.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.

In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.

In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.

In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies" on the roof of the New York Theater.

In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (Truman ended up sacking MacArthur for insubordination nine months later.)

In 1972, actress Jane Fonda began a two-week visit to Hanoi, where she denounced the Vietnam War in radio broadcasts, visited American POWs and was photographed sitting behind a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an image that sparked outrage in the U.S. (Years later, Fonda expressed regret for that particular episode.)

Today's Birthdays: Singer Jerry Vale is 80. Singer Steve Lawrence is 77. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 68. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 66. Actress Kim Darby is 65. Children's performer Raffi is 64. Actress Anjelica Huston is 61. Writer Anna Quindlen is 60. Actor Kevin Bacon is 54. Actor Robert Knepper is 53. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 51. Country singer Toby Keith is 51. Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 51. Rock singer Joan Osborne is 50. Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 50. Actor Rocky Carroll is 49. Actor Corey Parker is 47. Actor Billy Crudup is 44. Actor Michael Weatherly is 44. Singer Beck is 42. Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 42. Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 37. Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 35. Rock musician Tavis Werts is 35. Singer Ben Jelen is 33. Actor Lance Gross is 31. Actress Sophia Bush is 30. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 27. Actor Jake McDorman is 26. Actor Jaden Smith is 14.

Thought for Today: "America is not just a power, it is a promise." - Nelson A. Rockefeller, American politician and businessman (born this date in 1908, died 1979).