Today is Tuesday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2012. There are 62 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 30, 1912, Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died six days before Election Day. (Sherman was replaced with Nicholas Murray Butler, but Taft, the Republican candidate, ended up losing in an Electoral College landslide to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

About 200 area homemakers attended the annual Fall Homemakers' Day held recently at the Wysox Fire Hall.

Chuck Kovacs of County Office Supply recently presented bright red sweatshirts with white lettering to members of the Towanda SADD chapter to show the support of Team Xerox in the group's undertakings.

Bradford County businessman Max P. Gannon Jr. was recently named by Congressman Joseph McDade to sit on the Small Business Administration's National Advisory Council.

50 years ago - 1962

The purchase of an operating microscope by the Robert Packer Hospital was announced yesterday. The microscope will be used in microsurgical procedures in the inner and middle ear as well as in certain types of eye surgery.

The sum of $78.75 was collected for UNICEF in the Rome area recently by members of the Methodist and Presbyterian Sunday Schools.

Canton High School's football team registered its first victory of the season recently defeating North Penn at Blossburg by the score of 7-6.

75 years ago - 1937

Nearly 200 were present at the Methodist Episcopal church parlors in Canton recently to greet the new pastor, Rev. L.A. Guiles and his family.

The Asylum Township voters next Tuesday will be asked to decide whether or not they approve of a bond issue to provide part of the funds for the erection of a new school building in their territory.

The merchants of Dushore and vicinity find their supply of false faces rapidly decreasing as Halloween and St. Basil's masquerade ball grow nearer. Already approximately 90 people are lost to their friends behind the masks of ghosts, goblins and witches.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS.

In 1985, schoolteacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe witnessed the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, the same craft that carried her and six other crew members to their deaths in January 1986.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 75. Movie director Claude Lelouch is 75. Actor Ed Lauter is 74. Rock singer Grace Slick is 73. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Williams (The Temptations) is 71. Actor Henry Winkler is 67. Rock musician Chris Slade (Asia) is 66. Country/rock musician Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) is 65. Actor Leon Rippy is 63. Actor Harry Hamlin is 61. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 59. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 58. Actor Kevin Pollak is 55. Actor Michael Beach is 49. Rock singer-musician Gavin Rossdale (Bush) is 45. Actor Jack Plotnick is 44. Comedian Ben Bailey is 42. Actress Nia Long is 42. Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 36. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal is 34. Actor Matthew Morrison is 34. Actor Shaun Sipos is 31. Actress Janel Parrish is 24. Actor Tequan Richmond ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 20.

Thought for Today: "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." - Marie Curie, Polish Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1867-1934).