On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Dec. 1, 1967

The Altoona Downtown Merchants Association was sponsoring Santa’s Circusland featuring Ernie’s Miniature Circus at 1414 11th Ave. for six days, featuring an exact replica of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with more than 50,000 carved figures, some that moved.

25 YEARS AGO:

Dec. 1, 1992

Penn State Altoona and the Home Nursing Agency’s AIDS Intervention Project sponsored a Family Feud style show at the campus called “Sex: The Game Show” as part of AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness Week.

10 YEARS AGO:

Dec. 1, 2007

Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller said that a new Hershey chocolate candy called “Ice Breaker Pacs” were too similar to a drug packet like cocaine and heroin, a concern that was spreading across the country.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2017. There are 30 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 1, 1942, during World War II, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States; the goal was not so much to save on gas, but to conserve rubber needed for the war effort.

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