Today is Thursday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2006. There are 73 days left in the year. On this date in 1781, British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution nears its end.
In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, draws up a declaration of rights and liberties. In 1812, French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte begin their retreat from Moscow. In 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early attacks Union forces at Cedar Creek, Va.; the Union troops are able to rally and defeat the Confederates. In 1936, H.R. Ekins of the New York World-Telegram beats out Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of The New York Times in a round-the-world race on commercial flights that lasts 181/2 days. In 1944, the Navy announces that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (the WAVES). In 1950, during the Korean Conflict, United Nations forces enter the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. In 1953, singer Julius LaRosa, a regular on the CBS television program "Arthur Godfrey Time," is fired on the air by Godfrey, who accuses him of lacking humility. In 1960, President Eisenhower imposes an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products. In 1977, the body of West German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer, who had been kidnapped by left-wing extremists, is found in Mulhouse, France. In 1987, the stock market crashes as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunges 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value.
October 19, 1981: President Reagan's approval of the controversial B-1 bomber and the Air Force's revolutionary Stealth bomber program could give Ohio's economy and that of the Youngstown district one of the biggest boosts since World War II days.
The Red Barn Restaurant at 1503 Wilmington in Neshannock Township is destroyed in an early morning fire.
Pittsburgh Steeler Coach Chuck Noll says the Cincinnati Bengals outplayed his team 1,000 percent in a 34-7 rout in Cincinnati.
October 19, 1966: Citizen support for the lake-to-river canal is essential to sell its benefits to the rest of Ohio, Rep. Frank T. Bow of Canton tells the Home Builders Association of the Mahoning Valley at Mahoning Country Club.
The Youngstown area United Appeal reaches the 831,000 mark or 48 percent of the 1.7 million quota at its noon meeting in the Hotel Ohio.
Seven of Mahoning County's 12 local school districts have passed resolutions to join in a plan for a 3.3 million countywide vocational school.
October 19, 1956: The uphill fight of Adlai Stevenson to win Ohio's 25 electoral votes gets a boost as thousands of Youngstowners turn out to see the Democratic standard bearer. Youngstown crowds were the biggest Stevenson has gotten in Ohio.
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Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. contributes the largest single gift ever received by the Community Chest, a pledge of 95,000.
October 19, 1931: Millions of Americans pay homage to Thomas A. Edison, the inventor who made life more comfortable for them. The body of the 84-year-old inventor lies in state in the library of his laboratory in West Orange, N.J.
Youngstown merchants express surprise at the volume of business transacted over the weekend. "The public is apparently optimist about the city's future and is buying the same as always," says one merchant.
Mayor Joseph E. Julius of Campbell calls a meeting in City Hall between merchants in Campbell and depositors of the City Trust & amp; Savings Co. to discuss plans for the proposed reorganization of the bank.