On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 9, 1968

Two Altoona sailors, Joseph C. Stubler and Edward Partner, were aboard the Navy destroyer USS Bache when it was driven into the rocks off Rhodes, Greece, this week by a storm and badly damaged. Two sailors were injured but no deaths reported.

25 YEARS AGO– Feb. 9, 1993

Blair County Prison Coordinator Michael Millward met with Blair County commissioners to discuss the development of a prerelease center for as many as 40 nonviolent prisoners, where counseling, study and therapy would be available.

10 YEARS AGO –Feb. 9, 2008

The Altoona City Water Authority, Mark Perry general manager, was to install in-ground water meters for new tap-ins, service line replacements and on properties of owners caught stealing water. The meters would have to be buried at least 4 feet deep. In rural areas, above ground curbside meters, read by radio from a drive-by car were being considered, saving meter readers from climbing stairs and going into yards.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2018. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

On this date:

– In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Virginia.

– In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

– In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Alabama.

– In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

– In 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour forward. The SS Normandie, a former French liner being refitted for the U.S. Navy at a New York pier, caught fire (it capsized early the next morning).

– In 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York on CBS.