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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 14, 1970

The Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce voted to create a non-profit corporation for the development of the Horseshoe Curve as a tourist attraction as requested by Paul Woodring, president of the Blair County Tourist and Promotion Bureau.

25 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 14, 1995

Kaufman’s Women’s clothing store in downtown Altoona, Harry and Margaret Kaufman owners, filed suit against a company called the May Co. in St. Louis, Mo., because they owned a store called Kaufmann’s, too similar they said to their name.

10 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 14, 2010

After months of study, Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva started a mortgage court due to the high incidence of mortgage foreclosures in Blair County. The Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency was assisting.

— Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2020. There are 139 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 14, 1997, an unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. (McVeigh was executed by lethal injection in 2001.)

On this date:

— In 1900, international forces, including U.S. Marines, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence.

— In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

— In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounced aggression.

— In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Imperial Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

— In 1948, the Summer Olympics in London ended; they were the first Olympic games held since 1936.

— In 1973, U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.

— In 1980, workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, in a job action that resulted in creation of the Solidarity labor movement.

— In 1992, the White House announced that the Pentagon would begin emergency airlifts of food to Somalia to alleviate mass deaths by starvation.

— In 1995, Shannon Faulkner officially became the first female cadet in the history of The Citadel, South Carolina’s state military college. (However, Faulkner quit the school less than a week later, citing the stress of her court fight, and her isolation among the male cadets.)

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