On this date
50 YEARS AGO:
Dec. 6, 1969
The about 20 girls in residence at the Altoona YWCA, Mrs. Charles Russ chairwoman, held its last ever
Y tree trimming event as the Y was to be torn down by the Altoona Redevelopment Authority.
25 YEARS AGO:
Dec. 6, 1994
A business called Choice Hotels International, Silver Spring, Md., announced plans to build a hotel called a Comfort Inn at the quadrant of Routes 22 and 220. Another developer called Promus Hotels, Memphis, Tenn., had plans to build a Hampton Inn near 17th Street in Logan Township.
10 YEARS AGO:
Dec. 6, 2009
The Mid-Penn Region Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Timmy Cassidy chairman, held its 17th annual Golf Outing & Texas Hold’em Tournament at Iron Masters County Club, Roaring Spring. Altoona Curve baseball team mascots Diesel Dog and Steamer attended.
–Compiled by Tim Doyle
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2019. There are 25 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On Dec. 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified as Georgia became the 27th state to endorse it.
On this date:
– In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.
– In 1907, the worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, West Virginia.
– In 1917, some 2,000 people were killed when an explosives-laden French cargo ship, the Mont Blanc, collided with the Norwegian vessel Imo at the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastated the Canadian city. Finland declared its independence from Russia.
– In 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.
– In 1957, America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing down and exploding.
– In 1962, 37 coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Robena No. 3 Mine operated by U.S. Steel in Carmichaels, Pa.
– In 1973, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.
– In 1989, 14 women were shot to death at the University of Montreal’s school of engineering by a man who then took his own life.