Today is Thursday, Aug. 2, the 215th day of 2012. There are 151 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 2, 1862, the Ambulance Corps for the Army of the Potomac was created at the order of Maj. Gen. George McClellan during the Civil War.

Glancing Backward Locally:

50 years ago - 1962

Herrickville won the grand champion award in the 4-H square dance contest held at the Wysox Park last night in connection with the County 4-H Roundup.

Ralph Adams has been appointed to serve as acting postmaster at Ulster in the vacancy caused by a death.

To better serve the ever-increasing electrical needs of its growing family of 12,500 customers in Susquehanna, northern Wayne and Wyoming counties, Pennsylvania Electric Company will build a new electric Service Center along Route 106 in Montrose.

75 years ago - 1937

Howard Storch, known as the Mayor of Balsam Swamp, has completed a new dam at his place and yesterday turned the water in. The little ceremony took place at 9 a.m. and there was quite a gathering of neighbors and interested parties.

Showing a clean wake to the other competitors, "Cough Drop," the Smith brothers' entry in the Pond Hill Yacht Club weekly sailing race, swept home an easy victor yesterday.

The fifth meeting of the St. Basil Alumni Dance Committee has been adjourned. Out of the hard, earnest work of those people has blossomed the promise of a dance the likes of which Dushore and vicinity has never seen.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 216 B.C., during the Second Punic War, Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal defeated the Roman army in the Battle of Cannae.

In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

In 1876, frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged.

In 1909, the original Lincoln "wheat" penny first went into circulation, replacing the "Indian Head" cent.

In 1922, Alexander Graham Bell, generally regarded as the inventor of the telephone, died in Nova Scotia, Canada, at age 75.

In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco; Vice President Calvin Coolidge became president.

In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.

In 1943, during World War II, Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands.

In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage from North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

In 1974, former White House counsel John W. Dean III was sentenced to one to four years in prison for obstruction of justice in the Watergate coverup. (Dean ended up serving four months.)

In 1985, 135 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.)

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., is 90. Actor Peter O'Toole is 80. Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) is 75. Movie director Wes Craven is 73. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 69. Actor Max Wright is 69. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 67. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 62. Actor Butch Patrick ("The Munsters") is 59. Singer Mojo Nixon is 55. Actress Victoria Jackson is 53. Actress Apollonia is 53. Actress Cynthia Stevenson is 50. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 48. Rock musician John Stanier is 44. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 42. Actor Sam Worthington is 36. Figure skater Michael Weiss is 36. Actor Edward Furlong is 35. Rock musician Devon Glenn is 32. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 20.

Thought for Today: "We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power." - William Ellery Channing, American clergyman (1780-1842).