Today is Monday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2012. There are 85 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 7, 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall, one of the main figures of the Teapot Dome scandal, went on trial in Washington, D.C., charged with accepting a bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months. Ironically, Doheny was acquitted at trial of offering the bribe that Fall was convicted of taking.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

As the final weeks approach before the Nov. 8 general election, the Bradford County Republican Party has opened a GOP headquarters at 211 Main St., Towanda to assist voters in making informed choices. Helping get the office ready yesterday were county party chairman Thomas Blackall and his wife, Shirley; Jane Maryott and Peggy Madigan, who was recently installed as president of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women.

The Village of Waverly is still searching for an attorney to take the place of Frederick Luther, their village attorney that resigned Sept. 1, according to Village Clerk Dorris Gressel.

Students at the Troy Middle School received a brief education on the United States Constitution yesterday by Doug Miller of the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The mobile unit is a service to the museum and travels to schools, fairs and historical society events, Miller said.

50 years ago - 1963

The Sayre High Redskins won their fourth straight RTL game Saturday night as they topped the Towanda High gridders 31 to 6 in the Lockhart Street stadium. Towanda's TD was scorred by Blakely while Villanti scored tow for Sayre. Durham, Childs and Baglini each scored on TD for the Redskins.

Albert Pinhas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Pinhas, 33 Watts St., Towanda, entered the National College of Chiropractic as a first year student.

75 years ago - 1938

Naiad-Linta Fire Company of Towanda at its annual meeting Tuesday night elected the following new officers: President, Charles Dixon; Vice-President Louis Mills, Secretary, Clarence Miller; Treasurer, Francis Watson; Captain, Dean Meredith.

George Smith of Towanda is in Philadelphia this week attending lectures at the Eckles School of Embalming.

Lewis Gerould is in Philadelphia today to attend the Rexall Pennsylvania state convention to be held at the Ben Franklin Hotel.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger their new governor. Turkey's parliament voted overwhelmingly to allow Turkish troops to be sent to Iraq. Ten Southeast Asian nations signed an accord establishing a Europe-like economic community by 2020. American scientists Alexei Abrikosov and Anthony Leggett and Russian Vitaly Ginzburg won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in how matter can behave at extremely low temperatures.

Five years ago: The misery worsened on Wall Street, as the Dow lost more than 500 points and all the major indexes slid more than 5 percent. In their second presidential debate, held at Belmont University in Nashville, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain clashed repeatedly over the causes and cures for the economic crisis. Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa of Japan and Yoichiro Nambu of the United States won the Nobel Prize in physics.

One year ago: Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced that President Hugo Chavez had won re-election for the third time. (Chavez died in March 2013 at age 58 after at two-year battle with cancer.)

Today's Birthdays: Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 82. Comedian Joy Behar (TV: ex-"The View") is 71. Former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) is 70

. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 68. Actress Jill Larson is 66. Country singer Kieran Kane is 64. Singer John Mellencamp is 62. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 62. Actress Mary Badham (Film: "To Kill a Mockingbird") is 61. Actress Christopher Norris is 60. Rock musician Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 60. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 58. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 56. Actor Dylan Baker is 55. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell (TV: "The X Factor") is 54. Rock musician Charlie Marinkovich (Iron Butterfly) is 54. Country singer Dale Watson is 51. Pop singer Ann Curless (Expose) is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 46. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 45. Rock musician-dancer Leeroy Thornhill is 44. Actress Nicole Ari Parker is 43. Actress Allison Munn is 39. Rock singer-musician Damian Kulash (KOO'-lahsh) is 38. Singer Taylor Hicks ("American Idol") is 37. Actor Omar Benson Miller is 35. Electronic musician Flying Lotus (AKA Stephen Ellison) is 30. MLB player Evan Longoria is 28. Actress Amber Stevens is 27.

Thought for Today: "If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life." - James Michener, American author (1907-1997).