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Apr 18th, 2023

Local history

50 years ago: 1973

The Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce voted to join with Mayor William Stouffer and City Council to plan Altoonas 125th anniversary celebrations the next year. A group called Roger Co. was to help with the planning.

25 years ago: 1998

Peter Burkholder of Altoona owned one of the first

redesigned Volkswagen Beetle automobiles in Blair County. He had once owned a 1964 model VW Beetle. The Beetles had been discontinued after 1977.

10 years ago: 2013

Penn State Altoona, Jared Frederick history professor, held a history encampment outside the Hawthorn Building that included reenactors from the American Civil War, World War II and the Vietnam War.

Compiled by Tim Doyle

World history

Today is the 103rd day of 2023. There are 262 days left in the year.

Todays highlight in history:

In 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)

On this date:

In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell in the Virginia Colony.

In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of the third American presidents birth.

In 1953, Casino Royale, Ian Flemings first book, also the first James Bond novel, was published in London by Jonathan Cape Ltd.

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first Black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first player of partly African heritage to claim a major golf title.

In 1999, right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to 10 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrigs disease patient. (Kevorkian ended up serving eight years.)

In 2005, a defiant Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta.

In 2009, music producer Phil Spector was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of second-degree murder in the shooting of actor Lana Clarkson (he was later sentenced to 19 years to life in prison; he died in prison in January 2021).

In 2011, A federal jury in San Francisco convicted baseball slugger Barry Bonds of a single charge of obstruction of justice, but failed to reach a verdict on the three counts at the heart of allegations that hed knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it. (Bonds conviction for obstruction was ultimately overturned.)

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