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50 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 7, 1970

Members of “Project Mountain Lion,” John Kazmaier treasurer, visited German born sculpter Heinz Warneke, 75, in East Haddam, Conn., where he suggested using bronze instead of limestone for the sculpture that was to sit in front of Altoona Area High School for longevity. Cost was estimated at $30,000 with two years to completion.

25 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 7, 1995

A new shelter for homeless women and children called the Emergency Shelter Project Inc., Sister Celeste Ciesielka of the Carmelite Community of the Word director, asked Altoona City Council for financial assistance. The city was checking with the federal agency HUD, who had said the city was not meeting the needs of the homeless.

10 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 7, 2010

Tamira Ci Thayne of Tipton, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, chained herself to a doghouse in Harrisburg to lobby for legislation that would limit the chaining of dogs in Pennsylvania.

Today is Friday, Aug. 7, the 220th day of 2020. There are 146 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.

On this date:

– In 1782, Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.

– In 1789, the U.S. Department of War was established by Congress.

– In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for president by the Progressive Party (also known as the Bull Moose Party) in Chicago. New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at his summer home in Sea Girt.

– In 1942, U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. (Japanese forces abandoned the island the following February.)

– In 1957, Oliver Hardy, who starred for decades in popular film comedies with partner Stan Laurel, died in North Hollywood, California, at age 65.

– In 1959, the United States launched the Explorer 6 satellite, which sent back images of Earth.

– In 1971, the Apollo 15 moon mission ended successfully as its command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

– In 1989, a plane carrying U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others disappeared over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.)

– In 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq.

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