On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 30, 1968

Youth Enterprises of the Junior Achievement Association of Blair County, which planned fund-raising and social events for all the Blair J.A. companies, elected Don Hennaman president, Betsy Helsel vice-president, Gary Zangrilli chairman of the contact committee and Shelby Blodgett chairman of the social committee.

25 YEARS AGO: Nov. 30, 1993

Heather Gentry, 21, Hollidaysburg, a student at St. Francis College, was rescued from the rain swollen Little Juniata River after clinging to a tree limb for 2¢ hours. A boat sent to rescue her capsized and one of two men in it, Kim Birkl, also had to be rescued. Altoona Fire Chief Reynold Santone showed up with a vehicle he used to light the scene while a second boat rescued Gentry. Geeseytown Fire Capt. Brian Walls was instrumental in rescuing, Birkl and Gentry.

10 YEARS AGO: Nov. 30, 2008

The Rev. George M. Docherty, 97, Huntingdon, whose sermon before President Dwight Eisenhower was credited with putting the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance (1954) died Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day. He was a native of Scotland, where “God save the King and Queen” was said often.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2018. There are 31 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 30, 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.

On this date:

– In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.

– In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.

– In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at

age 46.

– In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.)

– In 1960, the last DeSoto was built by Chrysler, which had decided to retire the brand after 32 years.

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