On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 10, 1968

The Blair County Civil Defense Council, Col. Lloyd M. Morris director, was having copies of a Community Shelter Plan printed by Alto Printing and Supply Co. and every family in Blair County was to get one.

25 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 10, 1993

The LaPierre Hotel at 2523 Union Ave. was extensively damaged by fire with a resident and Fire Capt. Ronald Bankert treated for minor injuries. Fire Marshall Gary Trievelpiece said the fire was caused by smoking in bed.

10 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 10, 2008

John W. Gardner, 89, a former Blair County Commissioner who also served as chief clerk with 38 total years of Blair County service, died Aug. 6. He grew up in Altoona and was an Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, and had married an English woman, Jacqueline Hunt, in 1944.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2018. There are 143 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 10, 1792, during the French Revolution, mobs in Paris attacked the Tuileries Palace, where King Louis XVI resided. (The king was later arrested, put on trial for treason, and executed.)

On this date:

– In 1821, Missouri became the 24th state.

– In 1846, President James K. Polk signed a measure establishing the Smithsonian Institution.

– In 1861, Confederate forces routed Union troops in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri, the first major engagement of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River.

– In 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello.

– In 1949, the National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense.

– In 1969, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson’s cult, one day after actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain.

– In 1975, television personality David Frost announced he had purchased the exclusive rights to interview former President Richard Nixon.

– In 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, New York, accused of being “Son of Sam,” the gunman who killed six people and wounded seven others in the New York City area. (Berkowitz is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.)

– In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a measure providing $20,000 payments to still-living Japanese-Americans who were interned by their government during World War II.

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