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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 25, 1970

A junior Army ROTC military program was started at Altoona Area High School initiated by retired Brig. Gen. W.A. Morgan and his staff with retired Lt. Col. Norman E. Day senior instructor with an enrollment target of 150 students.

25 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 25, 1995

Mrs. Grove’s Pastries at 2109 4th St. was gutted by fire this morning with no injuries reported and city fire inspector John Mascia saying no estimate of the damage was yet available.

10 YEARS AGO:

Sept. 25, 2010

Employees from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium were at Myers Elementary School in Bellwood to present a show called “Radical Reptiles” to show the students different types of reptiles with like live alligators, boa constrictor snakes and skinks.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Sept. 25, the 269th day of 2020. There are 97 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 25, 1957, nine Black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

On this date:

– In 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)

– In 1904, a New York City police officer ordered a female automobile passenger on Fifth Avenue to stop smoking a cigarette. (A male companion was arrested and later fined $2 for “abusing” the officer.)

– In 1911, ground was broken for Boston’s Fenway Park.

– In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

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