On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 7, 1968

Jacob J. Hauser, 99, Altoona, known by many city schoolchildren as “Mr. Baker Mansion” for his work with the Blair County Historical Society, died Sept. 6. Mr. Hauser was assistant curator and curator at Baker Mansion from 1948 to 1965 and had a room there named for him. He was the oldest member of the Second Ave. E.U.B. Church and received a 50-year service pin from the State Sabbath School Association for his work with the Sunday School.

25 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 7, 1993

Penelec was appealing a decision by the state Public Utility Commission that it would have to purchase 80 megawatts of power from a yet-to-be-built cogeneration plant in Altoona. Penelec said it did not need the extra power, the PUC said it did.

10 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 7, 2008

Canal Ways of Hollidaysburg, Grace Clarke foster care director, placed twin statues of a child reading in a flower bed at the Blair County Courthouse in recognition of the county’s Children and Youth Service and Juvenile Probation Office.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2018. There are 115 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 7, 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London.

On this date:

– In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.

– In 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an “image dissector” at his San Francisco laboratory.

– In 1936, rock-and-roll legend Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.

– In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

– In 1972, the International Olympic Committee banned Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett of the U.S. from further competition for talking to each other on the victory stand in Munich during the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” after winning the gold and silver medals in the 400-meter run.

– In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos. Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after more than four years.

– In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its cable TV debut.

– In 1987, the syndicated TV talk show “Geraldo,” hosted by Geraldo Rivera, began an 11-season run.

– In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.

– In 2001, Venus Williams and Serena Williams reached the finals of the U.S. Open, defeating Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis respectively, becoming the first sisters to play for a Grand Slam championship in more than 100 years.

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