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On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 8, 1969

The St. Hedwig’s Society, Group 2091 of the Polish National Alliance, held it’s 50th anniversary celebration at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Society Hall in Altoona. 50-year charter members Katherine Marshall, Helen Piotrowska, Katherine Galant and Margaret Kocoloski attended.

25 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 8, 1994

For the first time in 48 years, 45 electric-diesel locomotives were being assembled at the Conrail Juniata Shops with parts supplied by General Motors Corp. Electro-Motive Division. Over 4,500 had been built there prior to 1946. The new ones featured a “Whispercab” that sat on rubber doughnuts to reduce noise and vibration.

10 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 8, 2009

Three area authors who had written books about the Altoona Area, Horseshoe Curve and Penn State Altoona: Dennis P. McIlnay, Ken Womack (co-writer Lori Bechtel-Wherry couldn’t be present) and Sister Anne Francis Pulling, were holding a book signing at Chris Hallmark Shop in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2019. There are 53 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 8, 2000, a statewide recount began in Florida, which emerged as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential election. Earlier that day, Vice President Al Gore had telephoned Texas Gov. George W. Bush to concede, but called back about an hour later to retract his concession.