On this date


March 20, 1970

Stanley J. Potopa opened a new service station at 13th Avenue and 18th Street after redevelopment forced him to close his station at 12th Avenue and 18th Street after 16 years there. The new station, Atlantic, was his and not company leased. Mr. Potopa was a Navy veteran of both WWII and the Korean Conflict.


March 20, 1995

A business called Kohl Building Products became the first tenant of the Madison Business Park at Rts. 764 and 220. Deb Ritter, one of the business owners, said that the “Green Banana” logo caught their attention. The banana represented the Rt. 220 corridor through Blair and Bedford Counties.


March 20, 2010

The Altoona Redevelopment Authority was denied forgiveness for $4,400 in property taxes by the Blair County Tax Assessment Office for homes it had acquired because it had missed the filing deadline. The authority said it would appeal directly to Blair County, Altoona, and the Altoona School District for relief, authority solicitor Patrick Fanelli reported.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, March 20, the 80th day of 2020. There are 286 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 20, 1854, the Republican Party of the United States was founded by slavery opponents at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin.

On this date:

– In 1413, England’s King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.

– In 1760, a 10-hour fire erupted in Boston, destroying 349 buildings and burning 10 ships, but claiming no lives.

– In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris after escaping his exile on Elba, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.

– In 1899, Martha M. Place of Brooklyn, New York, became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair as she was put to death at Sing Sing for the murder of her stepdaughter.

– In 1933, the state of Florida electrocuted Giuseppe Zangara for shooting to death Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak at a Miami event attended by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the presumed target, the previous February.

– In 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, told reporters in Terowie, Australia: “I came out of Bataan, and I shall return.”

– In 1952, the U.S. Senate ratified, 66-10, a Security Treaty with Japan.

– In 1976, kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. (Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison; she was released after serving 22 months, and was pardoned in 2001 by President Bill Clinton.)


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