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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 9, 1969

The Altoona Jaycees was sponsoring a showing of the 150-cast member “Up With People” show at Mansion Park. It was a traveling musical show meant to inspire spirit and emotion. Mayor William Prosser presented the group a gold spike.

25 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 9, 1994

Altoona City Council was to vote on spending $9,751 for 35 bulletproof vests for police officers as agreed upon in a labor contract that called for the city to provide one for each new police officer hired.

10 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 9, 2009

PennDOT spokesman Steve Chizmar said that PennDOT was attempting to cut costs by as much as $1 million a year by not mowing the grass on highway median strips as often in certain areas, including Blair County.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today in History

Today is Friday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2019. There are 144 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear device (“Fat Man”) over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.

On this date:

– In 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden,” which described Thoreau’s experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, was first published.

– In 1902, Edward VII was crowned king of Britain following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

– In 1910, the U.S. Patent Office granted Alva J. Fisher of the Hurley Machine Co. a patent for an electrically powered washing machine.

– In 1936, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.

– In 1944, 258 African-American sailors based at Port Chicago, California, refused to load a munitions ship following a cargo vessel explosion that killed 320 men, many of them black. (Fifty of the sailors were convicted of mutiny, fined and imprisoned.)

– In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally slain at Tate’s Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.

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