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50 YEARS AGO:

July 31, 1970

William Panos (tympanist) and Barbara Walker (flutist) of the Altoona Youth Symphony, supervised by John Monti of the Altoona Area High music department, joined the American Youth Symphony on a13-concert European tour of 10 countries, including Communist East Germany.

25 YEARS AGO:

July 31, 1995

Mercy Hospital of Altoona, Jerry Murray program development director, created a service called the Employer Health Services Advocate Program to help employees reduce health insurance costs and improve their health.

10 YEARS AGO:

July 31, 2010

Laine Roland, 22, was working with Altoona officials to create a group called the Rail City Youth Committee that would take part in things like neighborhood cleanups, organize concerts and holiday celebrations, dances and give gift boxes to the needy. Applications were available at Bishop Guilfoyle, Altoona Area, Great Commission High Schools and Penn State Altoona.

Today is Friday, July 31, the 213th day of 2020. There are 153 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 31, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

On this date:

– In 1556, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus — the Jesuit order of Catholic priests and brothers — died in Rome.

– In 1715, a fleet of Spanish ships carrying gold, silver and jewelry sank during a hurricane off the east Florida coast; of some 2,500 crew members, more than 1,000 died.

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