On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 21, 1968

Ahron Caspl and Sharon Moshe, fire department chiefs from Israel, visited the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Co. in Hollidaysburg, Larry Corbin assistant chief, as part of a tour of fire departments in the United States to learn about the latest equipment and firefighting techniques.

25 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 21, 1993

The Blair County Commissioners hired U.S. Army Colonel Terry Lee Wagner, 50, a native of Altoona stationed in Carlisle, as the county’s new chief clerk. Col. Wagner was to retire in several months.

10 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 21, 2008

Two motorcycle shows were running at the same time in the area: Roar in the Mountains at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg and Rumble Thru the Alleghenies at the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona. Donald R. Singer III, Hollidaysburg native, and Michelle L. Barnes, Lakemont native, were married at Roar in the Mountains by Altoona Magisterial District Judge Joseph Moran.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

On this date:

– In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

– In 1893, one of America’s first horseless carriages was taken for a short test drive in Springfield, Mass., by Frank Duryea, who had designed the vehicle with his brother, Charles.

– In 1937, “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. of London.

– In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming some 700 lives.

– In 1970, “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.

– In 1977, after weeks of controversy over past business and banking practices, President Jimmy Carter’s embattled budget director, Bert Lance, resigned.

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