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50 YEARS AGO:

Oct. 30, 1970

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edwin H. Burba, who was to inspect the Altoona Area High School’s new Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program (ROTC) next week, was killed in an airplane crash in Huntingdon, W.Va. along with two other soldiers. Gen. Burba was a highly decorated veteran of World War II where he was wounded.

25 YEARS AGO:

Oct. 30, 1995

An estimated 350 people were on hand for the opening of the new Kaufmann’s store in the Logan Valley Mall, James Blackburn operations manager. The official opening was set for Nov. 8. Kaufmann’s was not part of the disastrous December fire at the mall.

10 YEARS AGO:

Oct. 30, 2010

The Altoona Parking Authority, Patrick Miller executive director, held a rededication of it’s downtown parking garage after a six-year, $2.5 million renovation. Salt, carried into the garage by car tires, had caused steel supports to weaken and even snap.

Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2020. There are 62 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 30, 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights icon became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda; President George W. Bush and congressional leaders paused to lay wreaths by her casket.

On this date:

— In 1735 (New Style calendar), the second president of the United States, John Adams, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts.

— In 1912, Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died six days before Election Day. (Sherman was replaced with Nicholas Murray Butler, but Taft, the Republican candidate, ended up losing in an Electoral College landslide to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.)

— In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb, the “Tsar Bomba,” with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb.

— In 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, known as the “Rumble in the Jungle,” to regain his world heavyweight title.

— In 1985, schoolteacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe witnessed the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, the same craft that would carry her and six other crew members to their deaths in January 1986.

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