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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Jan. 24, 1970

Working out of the Artificial Limb Co. at 1125 9th St., 330 students from Altoona Area, Keith and Roosevelt Junior highs were selling loaves of bread to benefit the March of Dimes.

25 YEARS AGO:

Jan. 24, 1995

The Altoona Housing Authority, John L. Wingard director, was seeking to purchase vacant land in the city to build 18 new homes under it’s Home Choice Program. The previous year’s Home Choice Program put 24 new and renovated dwellings on the market.

10 YEARS AGO:

Jan. 24, 2010

The Target Store in Altoona donated $500 worth of books to the Penn Cambria Primary School in Lilly as part of its Target Store Library Makeover Project.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2020. There are 342 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

On this date:

– In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of ’49.

– In 1935, beer was first sold in cans in Richmond, Virginia, by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Co.

– In 1965, British statesman Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

– In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, a clock rate of 8 megahertz and 128k of RAM.

– In 1985, the space shuttle Discovery was launched from Cape Canaveral on the first secret, all-military shuttle mission.

– In 2003, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn as the first secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security.

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