On this date

50 YEARS AGO: March 30, 1968

Several AP photo’s showed Navy men serving in Vietnam receiving shipments of hard candy that were sent by the American Women’s Voluntary Services in Blair County, starting last December.

25 YEARS AGO: March 30, 1993

Eight members of the Hollidaysburg Area High School band attended the Music Educators National Conference All-Eastern Orchestra, Chorus and Band in Springfield, Mass.: Emily Smeltzer, Tim Zenobia, Renetta Deremer, Autumn Ramsey, Cindy Hoover, Meredith Malone, Matt Richey and Jenna Brennan.

10 YEARS AGO: March 30, 2008

Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, a former U.S. Senator and Illinois state senator who would be the first black president if elected, was in Altoona campaigning. He stopped to eat at Texas Hot Dogs downtown and gave an interview to the Altoona Mirror from his campaign bus, parked on 12th Avenue.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Good Friday, March 30, the 89th day of 2018. There are 276 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; also wounded were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and a District of Columbia police officer, Thomas Delahanty.

On this date:

– In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.

– In 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, first used ether as an anesthetic during an operation to remove a patient’s neck tumor.

– In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal ridiculed by critics as “Seward’s Folly.”

– In 1923, the Cunard liner RMS Laconia became the first passenger ship to circle the globe as it arrived in New York.

– In 1945, during World War II, the Soviet Union invaded Austria with the goal of taking Vienna, which it accomplished two weeks later.

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