Today is Saturday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2012. There are 93 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 29, 1862, Prussia's newly appointed minister-president, Otto von Bismarck, delivered a speech to the country's parliament in which he declared the issue of German unification would be decided "not through speeches and majority decisions" but by "iron and blood (Eisen und Blut)." (Some references give the date of this speech as Sept. 30, 1862.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Sullivan County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to form a County Council on the Arts at their meeting yesterday.

Bradford County Coroner Gordon Eugene Farr was among the attendees at the annual meeting of the Pa. State Coroners Association held recently in Danville.

Celebrating her birthday today is Sharon Howard of Burlington.

50 years ago - 1962

Bradford County dairy farmers, hard hit by the worst drought most of them can remember, will soon get relief in the form of government-owned surplus grains and the loan of money with which to buy them.

Gov. David Lawrence yesterday appointed Edward L. Molyneaux as Civil Defense director for Athens Borough.

The site for a new Tyler Memorial Hospital, on Russell Hill, on the north side of Route 6, between Meshoppen and Tunkhannock, was announced this week.

75 years ago - 1937

Celebrating his birthday today is George Gay of Wyalusing, well-known band leader in his community.

Towanda Post of the American Legion last night elected Howard Ellsworth commander for the year beginning Oct. 20. He will succeed James P. Burnett.

The library in Burlington is growing. Nearly 500 books were given recently and they are now cataloged and ready for use.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.)

Ten years ago: Israel bowed to U.N. demands and U.S. pressure, pulling troops and tanks out through the barbed wire encircling Yasser Arafat's West Bank headquarters. West Coast longshoremen were ordered off their jobs for a second time in a costly labor dispute with shipping lines.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed a bill to prevent a government shutdown, but lambasted Democrats controlling Congress for sending him the stopgap measure while they continued to work on more than a dozen spending bills.

One year ago: Germany kept alive hopes that the 17-nation euro currency could survive the debt crisis as lawmakers in Europe's largest economy voted overwhelmingly in favor of expanding the powers of the eurozone's bailout fund.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Lizabeth Scott is 90. Actor Steve Forrest is 87. Conductor Richard Bonynge is 82. Actress Anita Ekberg is 81. Writer-director Robert Benton is 80. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 77. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is 76. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is 70. Actor Ian McShane is 70. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 70. Lech Walesa (lehk vah-WEN'-sah), the former president of Poland, is 69. Television-film composer Mike Post is 68. Actress Patricia Hodge is 66. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 64. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 64. Rock singer-musician Mike Pinera is 64. Country singer Alvin Crow is 62. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 59. Broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill is 57.

Former child actor Ken Weatherwax (TV: "The Addams Family") is 57. Olympic gold medal runner Sebastian Coe is 56. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 56. Comedian-actor Andrew "Dice" Clay is 55. Rock singer John Payne (Asia) is 54. Actor Roger Bart is 50. Singer-musician Les Claypool is 49. Actress Jill Whelan is 46. Actor Luke Goss is 44. Rock musician Brad Smith (Blind Melon) is 44. Actress Erika Eleniak is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Devante Swing (Jodeci) is 43. Country singer Brad Cotter ("Nashville Star") is 42. Actress Emily Lloyd is 42. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 42. Actress Rachel Cronin is 41. Country musician Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) is 39. Actor Alexis Cruz is 38. Actor Zachary Levi is 32. Country singer Katie McNeill (3 of Hearts) is 30. Rock musician Josh Farro is 25.

Thought for Today: "Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies." - W.L. George, English writer (1882-1926).