On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, 1970

Douglas W. Wright, manager of the Tipton Pittsburgh Plate Glass plant, said that its multi-million expansion made it the world’s most modern automotive glass plant and added $3.5 million to the local Altoona Area economy last year.

25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, 1995

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Hollidaysburg native Scott Reiger was in charge of plans and security for Air Force One, the plane that carried the President of the United States and had flown with George Bush and Bill Clinton. He was previously in charge of Air Force II, the vice-president’s plane.

10 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, 2010

Five soldiers in the 28th Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, were presented Purple Heart Medals in ceremonies at the Frankstown Armory for wounds received in Iraq: Staff Sgt. Jason Kidd, Sgt. Kevin Hoover and Spec. Brandon Gallucci, all of Altoona, Sgt. Thaddeus Willey of Martinsburg and Sept. Sean Pham of Philadelphia. Fellow soldier Spec. Chad Edmundson was killed on that tour of duty.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2020. There are 314 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 21, 1975, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2¢ to eight years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up (each ended up serving a year and a half).

On this date:

– In 1613, Mikhail Romanov, 16, was unanimously chosen by Russia’s national assembly to be czar, beginning a dynasty that would last three centuries.

– In 1862, Nathaniel Gordon became the first and only American slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. Piracy Law of 1820 as he was hanged in New York.