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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 1, 1969

Rachael Shaffer was named the first homecoming queen of Altoona Area High School during halftime at a football game at Mansion Park (Altoona beat Erie Academy 40-0). She was crowned by basketball queen Laurel Nuse and escorted by Key Club president David Jannetta.

25 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 1, 1994

The Altoona chapter of Ambucs, Ed Farabaugh Northeast regional director, presented an Amtryke, a handicapped accessible tricycle for children, to the Easter Seal Society of Blair County, Jeanne Hanlin CEO.

10 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 1, 2009

The Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation this month, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The Bedford Springs Hotel was established in 1796 and 11 U.S. Presidents had stayed there.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2019. There are 60 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 1, 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an “axis” running between Rome and Berlin.

On this date:

– In 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

– In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln named Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan General-in-Chief of the Union armies, succeeding Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott.

– In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, D.C., in a failed attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. (One of the pair was killed, along with a White House police officer.)

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