Today is Friday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2006. There are 72 days left in the year. On this date in 1944, during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur steps ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 21/2 years after he'd said, "I shall return."
In 1740, Maria Theresa becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia upon the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. In 1903, a joint commission rules in favor of the United States in a boundary dispute between the District of Alaska and Canada. In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opens hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration within the American motion picture industry. In 1967, seven men are convicted in Meridian, Miss., of violating the civil rights of three murdered civil rights workers. In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. In 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox is dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resign. In 1976, 76 people die when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River north of New Orleans.
October 20, 1981: Police Chief Stanley Peterson fires a Youngstown policeman who was present in a Brier Hill house in which city police seized narcotics during a raid.
Two Youngstown City Series games will be played during daylight hours instead of at night due to fights that occurred at or near Rayen Stadium during and after the Chaney-Rayen game.
Sheriff's Lodge 141 of the Fraternal Order of Police wants to discuss with Sheriff James Traficant the use of unsupervised reserve deputies in the sheriff's department.
October 20, 1966: More than 200 non-certificated employees of the Youngstown Board of Education authorized their joint negotiating committee to call a strike against Youngstown's public school system if no wage contract agreement can be reached.
Dr. Marvin O. Looney, president of Mahoning Community College, says that he and Youngstown University President Albert Pugsley agreed in principle that they would cooperate to meet the needs of higher education in the area.
James M. Oliver, former athletic director at Lexington Settlement and currently a supervisor in a New York City Housing Authority neighborhood center, is selected unanimously as executive director of the Youngstown Area Community Action Program.
October 20, 1956: Youngstown University's 16th annual Homecoming will have as its queen Miss Angie Stizza of Girard, a sophomore business administration major.
S. Joseph "Sandy" Naples, listed by federal officials as one of the kingpins in Youngstown rackets, is building a beautiful ranch house at 605 Carlotta Drive in one of the North Side's most fashionable residential sections.
A city judge in Tallahassee fines 21 Negro leaders 500 each for operating an illegal car pool in their protest of segregated seating on city buses.
October 20, 1931: Judge Mark E. Moore continues to increase his lead in The Vindicator's straw poll over Finance Director James E. Jones, with the rest of the eight so far behind that all of them combined do not have as many votes as either Moore or Jones.
About 50 Youngstown merchants meeting at the Paramount Theater express the unanimous opinion that if several million dollars being hoarded in ten cans by local residents were again placed at work in local banks the present emergency would be greatly reduced.
Nearly 200 merchants of downtown Youngstown will launch a two-day cooperative sales program that will be called "Youngstown Days."