On this date

50 YEARS AGO —

Oct. 6, 1967

George E. Burket, president of Mid-State Advertising Corp., was named chairman of the 100th anniversary committee of the City of Altoona celebration to be held during the month of February, the month in 1868 when Altoona went from a borough to a city.

25 YEARS AGO —

Oct. 6, 1992

The Blair County Courthouse, Jacqueline Yingling voter registration director, had to stay open past its 4 p.m. closing to accommodate more than 500 new voters registering for the upcoming presidential election between Republican George H.W. Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and Reform Party candidate H. Ross Perot.

10 YEARS AGO —

Oct. 6, 2007

Saint Francis College, Loretto, the Rev. Gabriel Zeis president, broke ground for a $7 million health and wellness center to be called the DiSepio Institute. It was to serve the community as well as the college.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2017. There are 86 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 6, 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, a feature containing both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.

On this date:

In 1683, thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in Philadelphia to begin Germantown, one of America’s oldest settlements.

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