On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 3, 1967

Altoona native and former U.S. Congressman James E. Van Zandt was special guest at a Republican party rally at the Jaffa Mosque. Mr. Van Zandt served 22 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a Navy veteran of WWI and WWII, retiring from the Naval Reserve as a rear admiral. The Altoona VA Hospital was named in his honor.

25 YEARS AGO: Nov. 3, 1992

Our Lady of Lourdes parochial school in Altoona received a $2,000 grant from Nabisco Foods Group to develop a Spanish language speaking program. Nabisco employee Jim Sommer was on the school board.

10 YEARS AGO: Nov. 3, 2007

Blair County Court Administrator Michael D. Reighard said that the five Blair County judges had set aside seven weeks each to take off from hearing cases to write opinions next year.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2017. There are 58 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

– On Nov. 3, 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.

On this date:

– In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.

– In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.

– In 1911, the Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. (The company was acquired by General Motors in 1918.)

– In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred “Alf” Landon.