Today is Monday, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2012. There are 126 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 27, 1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus in December 1962.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Chemung River Bridge in Athens will open today. State Rep. J. Scot Chadwick reported yesterday that he was notified by PennDOT that the barricades will be removed and traffic will be allowed to cross the new bridge around noon.

Many helped in the food distribution held yesterday in Sullivan County. Chief Clerk Melanie Eddinger estimated 386 families received honey, butter, rice, cheese and dry milk at the distribution.

State Sen. Roger Madigan is encouraging citizens to support the Bradford County Veterans Memorial Fund for the care and maintenance of the monument in Towanda.

50 years ago - 1962

The Waverly Moose entry in the New York State Moose Small Fry Baseball Tournament won its opening game recently at Cortland, defeating Binghamton 5-3.

Towanda's beautifully remodeled First National Bank and its new addition were formally thrown open to the public over the weekend, and hundreds of people from all over attended.

Robert S. Lent of LeRaysville has been assigned to the staff of the county superintendent of schools as school psychologist.

75 years ago - 1937

The detour bulletin of the State Highway Department for the week Aug. 27-Sept. 3 shows that the road between Towanda and Monroeton will be oiled that week.

Celebrating his birthday today is David L. Schultz of East Towanda. He is considered one of the best little caddies at the Towanda Country Club, and a very keen golfer himself, holding the honor of being the only first-year caddy ever to win the right to play an opposing team. He is 15.

Towanda's baseball game at the Troy Fair was rained out yesterday and the boys will not be seen in action again until two days when they once more meet the Wyalusing aggregation.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush met at his Texas ranch with Saudi Arabia's ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan; a White House spokesman said Bush told the Saudi diplomat he had not yet decided whether to attack Iraq. A Tokyo court acknowledged for the first time Japan's use of biological weapons before and during World War II, but rejected demands for compensation by 180 Chinese who claimed they were victims of the germ warfare program.

Five years ago: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation after a controversy over the firings of nine U.S. attorneys. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick apologized for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself after pleading guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.

One year ago: Hurricane Irene, after striking Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, pushed up the U.S East Coast, prompting evacuations in New York City and leaving major flood damage in Vermont. Hundreds of soldiers and federal agents raided a casino in Monterrey in northern Mexico, two days after an arson attack on a gambling house killed 52 people.

Today's Birthdays: Cajun-country singer Jimmy C. Newman is 85. Author Dame Antonia Fraser is 80. Actor Tommy Sands is 75. Bluegrass singer-musician J.D. Crowe is 75. Musician Daryl Dragon is 70. Actress Tuesday Weld is 69. Actor G.W. Bailey is 68. Rock singer-musician Tim Bogert is 68. Actress Marianne Sagebrecht is 67. Ex-porn star Harry Reems is 65. Country musician Jeff Cook is 63. Actor Paul Reubens is 60. Rock musician Alex Lifeson (Rush) is 59. Actor Peter Stormare is 59. Actress Diana Scarwid is 57. Rock musician Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) is 56. Pro golfer Bernhard Langer is 55. Country singer Jeffrey Steele is 51. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 51.

Country musician Matthew Basford (Yankee Grey) is 50. Writer-producer Dean Devlin is 50. Rock musician Mike Johnson is 47. Rap musician Bobo (Cypress Hill) is 44. Country singer Colt Ford is 43. Actress Chandra Wilson is 43. Rock musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 42. Actress Sarah Chalke is 36. Actor RonReaco (correct) Lee is 36. Rapper Mase is 35. Actress-singer Demetria McKinney is 34. Actor Aaron Paul is 33. Rock musician Jon Siebels (Eve 6) is 33. Actor Shaun Weiss is 33. Contemporary Christian musician Megan Garrett (Casting Crowns) is 32. Actor Kyle Lowder is 32. Actor Patrick J. Adams (TV: "Suits") is 31. Singer Mario is 26. Actress Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids") is 24.

Thought for Today: "Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right." - Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States (1908-1973).