Today is Tuesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2006. There are 75 days left in the year. On this date in 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrender to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
In 1919, the Radio Corporation of America is chartered. In 1931, mobster Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion (sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone is released in 1939.) In 1933, Albert Einstein arrives in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearny is torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Iceland; 11 people die. In 1945, Col. Juan Peron, the future president of Argentina, is released from prison after protests by trade unionists, ending a crisis that began with his forced resignation from his government posts and his arrest. In 1956, the all-star movie "Around the World in 80 Days," produced by Michael Todd, has its world premiere in New York. In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announce they would begin cutting back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result is a total embargo that lasts until March 1974. In 1977, West German commandos storm a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers. In 1979, Mother Teresa of India is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 17, 1981: B.A.S. Airlines at Youngstown Municipal Airport receives FAA approval to begin Youngstown-to-Cleveland commuter service with four daily flights.
Hugh A. Frost, Republican candidate for mayor of Youngstown, decries a culture of & quot;bossism & quot; in city government and refutes a whispering campaign that if he were elected he would appoint an all-black cabinet.
A monument to those who died in the ill-fated uprising of Hungarians against Communist oppression in 1956 is dedicated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Csiksomiyo on the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery, 517 S. Belle Vista Ave. More than 600 refugees from the rebellion eventually came to the Mahoning Valley.
A fired-up defense and the passing of Ken George spark Struthers High to its sixth victory of the season, giving Brookfield its first defeat, 20-8.
October 17, 1966: The General Motors Corp. plant at Lordstown is officially dedicated with two top ranking executives describing the plant as having a promising future, with a good outlook for increased production and employment. About 400 Mahoning Valley civic and business leaders attend the ceremony.
Russell McKay, 77, president of the Home Savings & amp; Loan Co. and a civic and business leader for more than 50 years, dies in North Side Hospital.
Victor Vasvari, 55, a former Struthers councilman, is killed when a railroad car derailed and crushed him in the east yard of the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s Campbell Works. He was a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The Mahoningtown Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest in the community, will celebrate its centennial.
Ralph H. Lingg is named general manager of the Oldberg Manufacturing Co.'s Youngstown Division on Meridian Road.
October 17, 1956: The Heller-Murray Co. of Youngstown will begin construction of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s new headquarters in Boardman within two weeks.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John W. Ford rejects Georgia's petition for extradition of a Campbell father of four to face a 1955 charge of possession of indecent literature. Ford finds that the man had faced the charge, paid a fine and completed his sentence. He rejected Georgia's claim of probation violation.
The Pennsylvania Railroad purchases a tract of 44 acres adjacent to the proposed site of the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown for 20,000 for use as a freight yard. .
October 17, 1931: The Vindicator mails out more than 6,000 postcards to Youngstown residents in a straw poll to gauge voter sentiment in the hotly contested mayoral race.
A million dollars in new capital is being committed to the reopening of City Trust & amp; Savings Bank in Youngstown.
A motion demanding that any member of the Women's Christian Temperance League who is supporting a wet candidate resign from the WTCU is adopted by a closed meeting of the Federated WTCU. The resolution is apparently directed at Mrs. J.C. Huffman, wife of the former city vice squad chief, who is supporting Judge Mark E. Moore for mayor.