On this date

50 YEARS AGO: June 15, 1968

The Altoona Taxpayers Action Committee, Loren J. Johnson president, met at the Altoona Area High School auditorium and thanked four members of the school board that voted against an occupation assessment tax and criticized the four that voted yes. Another vote was to be held. Costs per students per year in Altoona Public schools was set at $640 each.

25 YEARS AGO: June 15, 1993

The longest train in the history of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 52 cars, stopped in Altoona for a crew change and rounded the Horseshoe Curve while hundreds of fans watched along the tracks at the Curve and downtown Altoona.

10 YEARS AGO: June 15, 2008

The 10th annual Flag Day ceremony was held at Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona with Altoona Police and Altoona Fire Department Color Guards, and with donations accepted to support the 30-by-60-foot Gospel Hill Flag atop a 100-foot pole. Altoona Curve baseball manager Rodd Parnell was guest speaker.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, June 15, the 166th day of 2018. There are 199 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 15, 1215, England’s King John put his seal to Magna Carta (“The Great Charter”) at Runnymede.

On this date:

– In 1520, Pope Leo X issued a papal bull in which he threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious beliefs, a threat that was carried out the following January.

– In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

– In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.

– In 1849, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.

– In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act making the National Guard part of the U.S. Army in the event of war or national emergency.