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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 16, 1969

Agudath Achim Synagogue, 13th Avenue and 17th Street, Herbert Panitch Rabbi, was adding a new building adjacent to the synagogue for classrooms, offices, library, social room and kitchen.

25 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 16, 1994

The Altoona Redevelopment Authority, Elizabeth Farrell chairwoman, said that the former Playhouse Theater at 1431 12th Ave. had tentatively been sold to a local partnership called Playhouse Group Inc. for $15,475. John Adams partner, who said they would invest $365,000 to renovate the facility.

10 YEARS AGO:

Aug. 16, 2009

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission sookeswoman Jennifer Kocher announced that phone numbers for the local 814 area code would run out in 2012 and that Neustar, the North American Numbering Plan administrator, was working on the problem.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

On this date:

– In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

– In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

– In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 86, which prohibited the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with states that were in rebellion — i.e., the Confederacy.

– In 1920, Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was struck in the head by a pitch thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees; Chapman died the following morning.

– In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

– In 1962, The Beatles fired their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.

– In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia

Cichan.

– In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.

– In 1999, the U.S. version of the quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” hosted by Regis Philbin, began a limited two-week run on ABC.

– In 2000, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.

– In 2002, terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal reportedly was found shot to death in Baghdad, Iraq; he was 65.

– In 2003, Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, died in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia; he was believed to have been about 80.

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