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On October 29 in
1929 Wall Street crashed on "Black Tuesday," heralding the beginning of America's Great Depression.
1940 Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number ‹ 158 ‹ in America's first peacetime military draft.
1956 During the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
1960 A chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, killing 22 of the 48 people on board.
1966 The National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C.
1967 Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, closed after six months.
1998 Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he'd blazed for America's astronauts 36 years earlier.
In The Star
Oct. 29, 1937, in The Star: The Anniston City Council last night voted to buy a radio system for the Anniston Police Department. Just what kind of system will be installed apparently was to be decided by the cost of installation. The council favored what is known as an "ultra high frequency" system good for local transmission with a rebroadcast of items of local importance from the conventional band receiver now in local police headquarters. In other business, the council refused to allocate $300 to the Chamber of Commerce; expectation that it might do so had earlier roused strong protest in the labor community. Also this date: An advertisement placed by Calhoun Motor Co., 21-23 E. 13th St., tells the potential car buyer that it's now the dealership for DeSotos and Plymouths. C. J. Alford is general manager. Additionally: A reader with Oxford allegiance, Dawson Haynes, has taken issue with a previous editorial strongly suggesting that the route of the Bankhead Highway be changed to completely avoid an intersection where several wrecks have occurred in downtown Oxford. The writer facetiously suggests establishing the highway's route so that it stays south of Anniston and Oxford, thereby cutting both off from its traffic. "I sincerely hope this letter will open the eyes of some people and Oxford and Anniston can get together and work together and stop trying to hurt one another."
Oct. 29, 1987, in The Star: An estimated 16 to 20 students were sent home from Anniston High School yesterday morning for non-payment of fees for some elective courses. Principal John Toland said the students were denied all classes at the high school because their parents had made no effort to pay the fees and had not contacted the school to make arrangements for alternative payment plans. Toland likened the action to a power cutoff after a power bill has gone unpaid too long. Anniston Board of Education Vice President Barbara Childs said the high school student handbook alerts students such action may be taken to collect outstanding student debts. An attorney general's opinion dating from the 1970s says fees may not be charged for required courses in high schools, but can be charged in elective courses that use special materials.