On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 14, 1968

The Blair Cinema movie theater in Hollidaysburg was especially chosen by Warner Bros. Studios for the first exclusive premiere engagement of the movie “Rachel, Rachel,” staring Joanne Woodward and directed by her husband Paul Newman. The film won Golden Globe and New York Film Critic’s Awards.

25 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 14, 1993

The Blair County Delinquent Tax Office, Ann Noel director, listed 1,100 properties for sale but so many people showed up to pay back taxes that the final sale total fell to 172 and delayed the sale. A 1945 tax notice was found in the paperwork from tax collector Arthur B. Cannahan saying that paying your taxes was a “moral obligation.”

10 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 14, 2008

As part of the ninth annual Make-A-Wish program at the Bedford County Fairgrounds, almost 40 tractor-trailer trucks drove children from Bedford to East Freedom and back on Interstate 99.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2018. There are 108 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.

On this date:

– In 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” (later “The Star-Spangled Banner”) after witnessing the American flag flying over the Maryland fort following a night of British naval bombardment during the War of 1812.

– In 1861, the first naval engagement of the Civil War took place as the USS Colorado attacked and sank the Confederate private schooner Judah off Pensacola, Florida.

– In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of the sports car she was riding in.

– In 1954, the Soviet Union detonated a 40-kiloton atomic test weapon.

– In 1972, the family drama series “The Waltons” premiered on CBS.

– In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.

– In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before; Lebanon’s president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb.

– In 1985, Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon released the Rev. Benjamin Weir after holding him captive for 16 months.

– In 1991, the government of South Africa, the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party signed a national peace pact.

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