Today is Monday, Aug. 6, the 219th day of 2012. There are 147 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 6, 1962, Jamaica, formerly ruled by Britain, became an independent dominion within the Commonwealth of Nations.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Bradford County Commissioners presented special awards of recognition and appreciation to four volunteer interns: Amber Crowell, Laura Murphy, Andrew Rohrer and Shane Soper.

Four members of the Valley BMX Team - Greg Bydairk, Greg Garriety, Chris Belles and Scot Knox - overpowered Cedar BMX Team by two points in grueling competition to capture the Six Foot Team Trophy at the state qualifier bike race held at Cedar BMX, Clarks Summit, recently.

An organizational meeting for a new Toastmasters Club for the Waverly/Sayre area will be held Sept. 2.

50 years ago - 1962

While fishing in the Towanda Creek last week, Richard Mansfield of Towanda caught an eel that measured 21 inches in length.

Winning first place in log rolling at the Penn-York Woodsmen's Carnival were Robert Swingle and Vinette Alderson of LeRaysville, who rolled a 20-foot log a distance of 40 feet in 40 seconds.

The Yankee Rebels of Baltimore won the 10th annual Waverly American Legion Tournament of Drums recently. The event was attended by about 6,000 people at the Waverly Memorial Stadium.

75 years ago - 1937

The annual school bus inspection in Bradford County will take place on Aug. 12-14. Boards are asked to notify bus drivers to be at the place designated within the hours specified in order that all school busses may be inspected.

Tonight at 8 p.m. the Franklin Fire Company will initiate a class of 67 new members, obtained during a drive conducted by teams captained by William T. Brennan and John H. Cook.

D.J. Storch of Binghamton will give a demonstration on fire control this morning at 9 in back of the courthouse, which will consist of setting his car afire and then putting out the blaze.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1825, Upper Peru became the autonomous republic of Bolivia.

In 1862, the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas was scuttled by its crew on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, La., to prevent capture by the Union.

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 14½ hours.

In 1930, New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Force Crater went missing after leaving a Manhattan restaurant; his disappearance remains a mystery to this day.

In 1932, the first Venice Film Festival opened with a screening of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" starring Fredric March.

In 1942, Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands became the first reigning queen to address a joint session of Congress, telling lawmakers that despite Nazi occupation, her people's motto remained, "No surrender."

In 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths.

In 1956, the DuMont television network went off the air after a decade of operations.

In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man to orbit Earth as he flew aboard Vostok 2.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.

Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Charlie Haden is 75. Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 74. Actress Louise Sorel is 72. Actor Michael Anderson Jr. is 69. Actor Ray Buktenica is 69. Actor Dorian Harewood is 62. Actress Catherine Hicks is 61. Rock singer Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) is 60. Country musician Mark DuFresne is 59. Actress Stepfanie Kramer is 56. Actress Faith Prince is 55. Rhythm-and-blues singer Randy DeBarge is 54. Actor Leland Orser is 52. Country singers Patsy and Peggy Lynn are 48. Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson is 47. Actor Jeremy Ratchford is 47. Country singer Lisa Stewart is 44. Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 42. Actress Merrin Dungey is 41. Singer Geri Halliwell is 40. Actor Jason O'Mara is 40. Singer-actor David Campbell is 39. Actress Vera Farmiga is 39. Actress Ever Carradine is 38. Actress Soleil Moon Frye is 36. Actress Melissa George is 36. Rock singer Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) is 31. Actress Romola Garai is 30. Rock musician Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) is 28.

Thought for Today: "The one predominant duty is to find one's work and do it." - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American economist and feminist (1860-1935).