On this date


Oct. 23, 1970

Altoona Hospital received a $130,000 federal grant to open a family planning center at 326 Howard Ave., administrator Barbara Bilek saying “this center is not a birth control clinic, it is a family planning center.” There was no charge for its services.


Oct. 23, 1995

A study found that the cost of having a baby was $4,500 at Mercy Hospital and $2,800 at Altoona Hospital. Statewide, the average was $3,600. The lowest in the state was Somerset at $1,600 and the most expensive, Indiana at $3,700.


Oct. 23, 2010

Two women from Nevada using false names were arrested in Logan Township with 25 fraudulent credit cards, altered drivers licenses and forged checks they used to buy a hummer, five TVs, DVD players, computers, color printers, digital cameras, video games, power tools, luggage, video cameras, a gas grill, appliances and other items. They were also suspected of other out-of-state crimes.

Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2020. There are 69 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.

On this date:

— In 1910, Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort Wayne, Ind.

— In 1915, tens of thousands of women paraded up Fifth Avenue in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

— In 1941, the Walt Disney animated feature “Dumbo” premiered in New York.

— In 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces.

— In 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary’s Communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down within weeks.

— In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica.

— In 1995, a jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. (Saldivar is serving a life prison sentence.)


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