On this date


Sept. 6, 1969

The Altoona Key Club, David Jannetta president, was hosting a training conference at Penn State Altoona for about 100 different Key Clubs from the Pennsylvania District. Altoona Kiwanis Club member C. David Kimmel was chairman of the Pennsylvania Key Club District.


Sept. 6, 1994

The Lower Trail from Williamsburg to Mount Etna, part of Rails to Trails of Blair County Inc., opened yesterday for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and any other form of non-motorized recreation.


Sept. 6, 2009

Three Altoona Area School District teachers received Educator CARE Awards: Deborah Pfeffer Smith, (retired this year), David Poole and Mary Ann Pleva. The award came with a wristwatch from Kranich Jewelers in the Logan Valley Mall.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2019. There are 116 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 6, 2006, President George W. Bush acknowledged for the first time that the CIA was running secret prisons overseas and said tough interrogation had forced terrorist leaders to reveal plots to attack the United States and its allies.

On this date:

– In 1901, President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. (McKinley died eight days later; Czolgosz was executed on Oct. 29.)

– In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sent a telegram from Indian Harbor, Labrador, announcing that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.

– In 1943, 79 people were killed when a New York-bound Pennsylvania Railroad train derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.

– In 1949, Howard Unruh, a resident of Camden, N.J., shot and killed 13 of his neighbors. (Found to have paranoid schizophrenia, Unruh was confined for the rest of his life; he died in a Trenton nursing home in 2009 at age 88.)

– In 1972, the Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly hostage crisis that claimed the lives of 11 Israelis and five Arab abductors.

– In 1985, all 31 people aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 were killed when the Atlanta-bound jetliner crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field.