On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

July 27, 1968

The Simon Shoe Store in downtown Altoona opened a new department for young people called “Futura Sixty-Nine” with Kathy Abram the teen shoe consultant.

25 YEARS AGO:

July 27, 1993

The Altoona Police Dept., John J. Reilly chief, took delivery of a new $35,000 electronic fingerprinting machine called a Tenprinter and said Altoona would make it available to other area police agencies and the state police.

10 YEARS AGO:

July 27, 2008

The African American Heritage Project of Blair County, Harriet Gaston chairwoman, sponsored the 15th annual African American Heritage Festival at Penn State Altoona. A group called the Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble provided the music and dance from soul to jazz.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, July 27, the 208th day of 2018. There are 157 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.

On this date:

– In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.

– In 1866, Cyrus W. Field finished laying out the first successful underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe (a previous cable in 1858 burned out after only a few weeks’ use).

– In 1909, during the first official test of the U.S. Army’s first airplane, Orville Wright flew himself and a passenger, Lt. Frank Lahm, above Fort Myer, Va., for one hour and 12 minutes.

– In 1942, during World War II, the First Battle of El Alamein in Egypt ended in a draw as Allied forces stalled the progress of Axis invaders. (The Allies went on to win a clear victory over the Axis in the Second Battle of El Alamein later that year.)

– In 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.

– In 1960, Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president on the first ballot at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

– In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of urban rioting, the same day black militant H. Rap Brown told a press conference in Washington that violence was “as American as cherry pie.”

– In 1980, on day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.

– In 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from a department store in Hollywood, Fla., and was later murdered. (His father, John Walsh, became a well-known crime victims’ advocate.)

– In 2003, comedian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at age 100.