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50 YEARS AGO:

June 12, 1970

Demolition of the Altoona Glassware & Supply Co. and Chathams Electric Inc. buildings east of Eleventh Avenue in the downtown for redevelopment left only the Times Tribune and Patt’s Produce Warehouse buildings standing in the area.

25 YEARS AGO:

June 12, 1995

Gardner’s Candies Inc. of Tyrone applied to sell it’s products over QVC home shopping channel in a program they sponsored called “Quest for America’s Best — QVC’s 50 in 50 Tour.”

10 YEARS AGO:

June 12, 2010

Altoona Area High School graduates Martin Lecher and Allison Lilly were on the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Technologies team that came in third at the EcoCAR Challenge Competition held in Arizona and California.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, June 12, the 164th day of 2020. There are 202 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

— On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. (O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial but held liable in a civil action.)

On this date:

— In 1630, Englishman John Winthrop, leading a fleet carrying Puritan refugees, arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he became its governor.

— In 1898, Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain.

— In 1942, Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday, less than a month before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis.

— In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi.

— In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, unanimously struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

— In 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six “Son of Sam” .44-caliber killings that terrified New Yorkers.

— In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, exhorted Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

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