On this date


May 29, 1970

Blair County Commissioner Eugene G. Hamill, at the dedication of Highland Hall in Hollidaysburg as a Blair County Office building, said that “This building belongs to the 140,000 people of Blair County.” The 100-plus year old building was formerly a girls school, Army-Navy radio school and Catholic seminary.


May 29, 1995

The Altoona Fire Department, Reynold Santone Jr. chief, was celebrating its 100th anniversary as a paid fire department, having been volunteer before 1895 and the Allied Volunteer Firemen’s Association of Blair County planned celebration events in June.


May 29, 2010

The family of the late Zack Hinish established the Zack Hinish Foundation in his memory and it’s first project was to be an all-ability playground at C.W. Longer Elementary School, which housed the Intermediate Unit 8 multiple disability classroom. Zack was a 5-year old kindergarten student from Hollidaysburg with multiple disabilities.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, May 29, the 150th day of 2020. There are 216 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

– On May 29, 1988, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened their historic summit in Moscow.

On this date:

– In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses.

– In 1914, the Canadian ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River in eastern Quebec after colliding with the Norwegian cargo ship SS Storstad; of the 1,477 people on board the Empress of Ireland, 1,012 died. (The Storstad sustained only minor damage.)

– In 1917, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.

– In 1943, Norman Rockwell’s portrait of “Rosie the Riveter” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

– In 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

– In 1954, English runner Diane Leather became the first woman to run a sub-five-minute mile, finishing in 4:59.6 during the Midland Championships in Birmingham.

– In 1973, Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty.


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