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50 YEARS AGO:

March 13, 1970

Thirty Altoona Area High School students traveled to New York City for two days to attend the 46th annual Columbia Scholastic Press Convention. Mrs. Calvin Foor was sponsor of the school newspaper “Mountain Echo” and Thomas Klevan sponsor of the “Horseshoe” year book.

25 YEARS AGO:

March 13, 1995

Marie Elena Creek, 11, Hollidaysburg, won the C.W. Longer Elementary School poster contest using the Longer Golden Tiger Rule of “treating other people the way you want to be treated.”

10 YEARS AGO:

March 13, 2010

About 200 members of the U.S. Army Reserve 298th Maintenance Co. in Altoona left for a month of training for a one year deployment to Iraq. About 100 members were local and another 100 from units out of the area.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, March 13, the 73rd day of 2020. There are 293 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 13, 2013, Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope, choosing the name Francis; he was the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

On this date:

– In 1639, New College was renamed Harvard College for clergyman John Harvard.

– In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure prohibiting Union military officers from returning fugitive slaves to their owners.

– In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis signed a measure allowing black slaves to enlist in the Confederate States Army with the promise they would be set free.

– In 1901, the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67.

– In 1925, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)

– In 1933, banks in the U.S. began to reopen after a “holiday” declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

– In 1934, a gang that included John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson robbed the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa, making off with $52,344.

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