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50 years ago: May 16, 1972

The Young Men’s Shop and Jack Beasley Ford have teamed up to offer two couples each from Altoona Area, Bishop Guilfoyle and Hollidaysburg High Schools a chauffeured Lincoln Continental ride to their proms and then back home.

25 years ago: May 16, 1997

The Altoona Police Department, using $40,000 in federal funds, began a two-man night patrol effort in areas called “hot spots” from the city. Gerald F. McCaulley and Lt. Janice Freehling were the first pair for the new summer patrol effort. Thirty officers had volunteered for the program.

10 years ago: May 16, 2012

Coroner Patricia Ross announced Blair County will begin collecting a $25 cremation fee, as permitted by state law. There were 508 cremations in Blair County in 2011, which reportedly raised $12,700.

— Compiled by Tim Doyle

The history of the world

Today is Monday, May 16, the 136th day of 2022. There are 229 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 16, 1943, the nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended when German forces crushed Jewish resistance and blew up the Great Synagogue.

To this date :

In 1770, 14-year-old Marie Antoinette married the 15-year-old future King Louis XVI of France.

In 1866, Congress authorized the minting of the first five-cent piece, also known as the “Nickel Shield.”

In 1929, the first Oscars were awarded. “Wings” Won “best workmanship” while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress.

In 1939, the federal government launched its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.

In 1957, Federal Agent Eliot Ness, who organized “The Incorruptibles” team that faced mobster Al Capone, died in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, at age 54.

In 1960, the first working laser was demonstrated at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California by physicist Theodore Maiman.

In 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical and murderous reform movement aimed at purging the country of “counter-revolutionaries”.

In 1990, the death claimed the life of artist Sammy Davis Jr. in Los Angeles at the age of 64 and “Muppets” designer Jim Henson in New York at age 53.

– The Associated Press

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