On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Sept. 20, 1969

The Altoona Community Theater, Joe Servello directing, was presenting the children’s play “Aladdin” at the Mishler Theater with adults admitted only when accompanies by a child. Mr. Servello was also acting in the play.

25 YEARS AGO — Sept. 20, 1994

The Cove Shoe Co. in Martinsburg, Tom Neal president, received an order for 111,000 pairs of military boots from the Defense Personnel Support Center of the Defense Logistics Agency. 40 new employees were to be added to the 554 already employed there.

10 YEARS AGO — Sept. 20, 2009

The Altoona Regional Health System purchased the vacant Altoona Center building at 1515 Fourth St. for $250,000. The building was closed by the state Department of Welfare in 2006, having housed the mentally disabled there.

— Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2019. There are 102 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 20, 2001, during an address to a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush announced a new Cabinet-level office to fortify homeland security and named Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge its director.

On this date:

— In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands. (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)

— In 1873, panic swept the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the wake of railroad bond defaults and bank failures.

— In 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding the assassinated James A. Garfield.