Today is Wednesday, Aug. 22, the 235th day of 2012. There are 131 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln publicly responded to Horace Greeley's "Prayer of Twenty Millions," which had urged Lincoln to take more drastic steps in abolishing slavery; Lincoln replied that his priority was saving the Union, but also repeated his "personal wish that all men everywhere could be free."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

For the second time this summer, an area sheep raiser has reported the killing of members of his flock and believes the animal responsible was a coyote.

Mark Singel, at 33, one of the youngest lieutenant governors in Pennsylvania history, will be in Bradford County in September to meet with the Bradford County Democrats at their annual fundraiser.

GTE has recently begun a major cable project at Sayre, replacing more than 1,300 feet of older telephone cable.

50 years ago - 1962

Dairy farmers of Bradford and surrounding counties face a loss of nearly $22 million a year as the result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that removed a trade barrier for milk sold by outside producers in the New York-New Jersey market.

Miss Diane Gillespie of Covington, recently selected Miss Milk Maid of Pennsylvania, will attend the annual Old Home Day celebration in Ulster this weekend.

Pupils of the Towanda area jointure will continue to hear the Bible read in school despite a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1992, on the second day of the Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho, an FBI sharpshooter killed Vicki Weaver, the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver (the sharpshooter later said he was targeting the couple's friend Kevin Harris, and didn't see Vicki Weaver).

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush proposed to end the government's "hands-off" policy in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone areas. A small plane carrying 18 people, including tourists from Germany, the United States and Britain, crashed in Nepal, killing all aboard.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush, addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Mo., offered a fresh endorsement of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee), calling him "a good guy, good man with a difficult job." A U.S. helicopter crashed in Iraq, killing 14 soldiers. Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days. The Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader. Poet and short story writer Grace Paley died in Thetford Hill, Vt., at age 84.

One year ago: Hurricane Irene cut a destructive path through the Caribbean, raking Puerto Rico with strong winds and rain and then spinning just north of the Dominican Republic. Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, died in New York at age 70.

Today's Birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 92. Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 78. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 77. Author Annie Proulx (proo) is 77. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 73. Actress Valerie Harper is 73. Football coach Bill Parcells is 71. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 67. Actress Cindy Williams is 65. Pop musician David Marks is 64. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 63. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 56. Country singer Holly Dunn is 55. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 54. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 53. Country singer Collin Raye is 52. Actress Regina Taylor is 52. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 51. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 51. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 50. Singer Tori Amos is 49. Country singer Mila Mason is 49.

Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 49. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 48. Rapper GZA (JIHZ'-ah)/The Genius is 46. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (ah-day-WAH'-lay ah-kih-NOY'-yay ah-BAH'-jay) is 45. Actor Ty Burrell is 45. Actor Rick Yune is 41. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 40. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 39. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 39. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 39. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 38. Rock musician Bo Koster is 38. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 37. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 34. Actor Brandon Adams is 33. Actress Aya Sumika is 32.

Thought for Today: "Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them." - Logan Pearsall Smith, Anglo-American essayist (1865-1946).