On this date

50 years ago — Nov. 27, 1970

Twelve members of Junior Achievement of Blair County, Edward Gable of the Altoona Mirror adviser, left for a conference in Charlottesville, Va., transportation provided by Montgomery Volkswagen in a VW van, Robert Burns new-car manager.

25 years ago — Nov. 27, 1995

New Penn State University President Graham Spanier was in Altoona this week to inspect the Altoona Campus with talk of it becoming a four-year college. He told the Altoona Rotary that despite an increase of 7 percent in state funding, inflation actually caused a 10 percent decrease in funding.

10 years ago — Nov. 27, 2010

The state Department of Military Affairs was revising its policy of trying to recover the full cost of a veterans stay at one of six state owned veterans homes from the veteran’s estate after the veteran dies. The family of a man who died at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home recently received a bill for $300,000.

— Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 332nd day of 2020. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

– On Nov. 27, 1924, Macy’s first Thanksgiving Day parade — billed as a “Christmas Parade” — took place in New York.

On this date:

– In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden.

– In 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station officially opened.

– In 1942, during World War II, the Vichy French navy scuttled its ships and submarines in Toulon to keep them out of the hands of German troops.

– In 1953, playwright Eugene O’Neill died in Boston at age 65.

– In 1962, the first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton Plant.

– In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

– In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned.

– In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White. (White served five years for manslaughter; he committed suicide in October 1985.)

– In 1998, answering 81 questions put to him three weeks earlier; President Bill Clinton wrote the House Judiciary Committee that his testimony in the Monica Lewinsky affair was “not false and misleading.”


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