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50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 1970

The Salvation Army Girl Guards, Patricia Edwards leader, and the Salvation Army Sunbeams, Catherine Evans leader, met at their headquarters at 2204 11th Ave. to plan the start of their annual candy sale fundraiser.

25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 1995

The city of Altoona, Logan Township, Blair County and the Altoona Area School District were to lose a total of $229,000 to real estate taxes due to the disasterous fire at the Logan Valley Mall in December. At the same time Altoona and the School District were also to lose $30,000 from the Station Mall in Altoona due to a lower assessment.

10 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 2010

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared a disaster emergency as part of the state was hit with as much as three feet of snow, 20.5 inches falling on Altoona and Logan Township which also called snow emergencies.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2020. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to begin their first American tour.

On this date:

– In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.

– In 1817, America’s first public gas street lamp was lighted in Baltimore at the corner of Market and Lemon streets (now East Baltimore and Holliday streets).

– In 1943, the government abruptly announced that wartime rationing of shoes made of leather would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person per year. (Rationing was lifted in October 1945.)

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