On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Dec. 21, 1968

The Salvation Army in Altoona held its annual doll dressing contest with volunteers dressing dolls in various costumes before they were given to needy children. Pat Hinton Grover of the Altoona Mirror acted as judge and a doll dressed as a bride by Tina Allaway won first prize.

25 YEARS AGO: Dec. 21, 1993

The Altoona Postal Service Customer Advisory Council, Elaine Mastalski member, organized a food drive that collected over a ton of food and $1,700 for the Altoona Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

10 YEARS AGO: Dec. 21, 2008

In the local 18th annual Give Away Day to provide Christmas meals and gifts for needy families, St. Rose of Lima, Patricia Ronan principal, provided the most toys for most of the program’s 18 years.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2018. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 5:23 p.m. Eastern time.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 21, 1891, the first basketball game, devised by James Naismith, is believed to have been played at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. (The final score of this experimental game: 1-0.)

On this date:

– In 1620, Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts.

– In 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman concluded their “March to the Sea” as they captured Savannah, Georgia.

– In 1913, the first newspaper crossword puzzle, billed as a “Word-Cross Puzzle,” was published in the New York World.

– In 1937, Walt Disney’s first animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles. The first Dr. Seuss book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was published by Vanguard Press.

– In 1945, U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton, 60, died in Heidelberg, Germany, 12 days after being seriously injured in a car accident.