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50 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 21, 1970

Twelve pupils from the Deborah Anthony School of Dance won three first place trophies and three second place trophies at the Jay Dash Convention in Philadelphia over five days in ballet, acrobatics and jazz. Phyllis White won two firsts and Mrs. Anthony one.

25 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 21, 1995

A survey of state police found that they had written just over 10,000 citations for speeding since the 65 miles per hour law was passed for the state of Pennsylvania July 13, with spokesman Cpl. Tim Allue saying the law seemed to be working “fairly well.”

10 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 21, 2010

An Altoona Mirror Moms Expo was held at the Logan Valley Mall with Logan Township police offering fingerprinting of children as part of Operation Our Town. Jo Ann Nardelli was in charge of the organizations retail roundtable.

— Compiled by Timothy Doyle

Today is Friday, Aug. 21, the 234th day of 2020. There are 132 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 21, 1831, Nat Turner launched a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 whites. (Turner was later executed.)

On this date:

— In 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to a group of officials atop the Campanile in Venice.

— In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.)

— In 1945, President Harry S. Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid supplies to America’s allies during World War II.

— In 1961, country singer Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson song “Crazy” in Nashville for Decca Records. (The recording was released in October 1961.)

— In 1963, martial law was declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a violent crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.

— In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.

— In 1987, Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB. (Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military prison.)

— In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.

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