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On this date

50 YEARS AGO

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.

25 YEARS AGO

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.

10 YEARS AGO

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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