In the news on this date: Aug. 7


Local history

50 years ago: 1973

The staff of the Blair County Prison and the Blair County Parole and Probation Office completed a course in basic and criminal psychology sponsored by the Office of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, William Wallen director.

25 years ago: 1998

Thirteen residents of Park Avenue in Lakemont asked the Logan Township Supervisors to rezone their land for business, citing the construction of a Double A baseball stadium and increased traffic on Park Avenue between state Route 36 and I-99.

10 years ago: 2013

UPMC Altoona physicians Dr. Debra Pike and Dr. Art Morrow were accompanying new doctors with a group called Love In Action International Ministries on a medical training trip to Bolivia.

— Compiled by Tim Doyle

World history

Today is Monday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2023. There are 146 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On Aug. 7, 1942, U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.

On this date:

— In 1789, the U.S. Department of War was established by Congress.

— In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence.

— In 1963, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave birth to a boy, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, who died two days later of respiratory distress syndrome.

— In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.

— In 1971, the Apollo 15 moon mission ended successfully as its command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

— In 1989, a plane carrying U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others disappeared over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.)

— In 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq.

— In 1998, terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

— In 2005, ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings died in New York at age 67.

— In 2007, San Francisco’s Barry Bonds hit home run No. 756 to break Hank Aaron’s storied record with one out in the fifth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals, who won, 8-6.

— In 2010, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

— In 2015, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was spared the death penalty in favor of life in prison after a jury in Centennial failed to agree on whether he should be executed for his murderous attack on a packed movie premiere that left 12 people dead.

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