Today is Saturday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2006. There are 71 days left in the year. On this date in 1805, a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, is killed.
In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," is christened in Boston's harbor. In 1879, Thomas Edison perfects a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. In 1959, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opens to the public. In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clash in their fourth and final presidential debate. In 1966, more than 140 people, mostly children, are killed when a coal waste landslide engulfs a school and several houses in Aberfan, Wales. In 1967, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters begin two days of demonstrations in Washington. In 1976, Saul Bellow wins the Nobel Prize for literature, the first American honored since John Steinbeck in 1962. In 1991, American hostage Jesse Turner is freed by his kidnappers in Lebanon after nearly five years in captivity.
October 21, 1981: A bill to block Youngstown from annexing its municipal airport in Trumbull County clears the Ohio House Local Government Committee by an 8-2 vote.
Mary Franko, the mother of former Mayor Frank R. Franko, files a class-action lawsuit against the city of Youngstown challenging a sewer rate increase instituted by the city's mayor in 1970.
October 21, 1966: Encouraged by crisp, clear weather, the largest crowds so far, totaling 28,288 people, file through General Motors Corp.'s Lordstown plant, at times backing up traffic for miles on area roads.
Campbell City Council passes a resolution making application for 342,000 in federal funds for planning of the city's second phase of the Wilson Avenue urban renewal program.
October 21, 1956: The first half Vindicator straw poll indicates Adlai Stevenson, Democratic candidate for president, will carry Mahoning County by 27,000 votes. Speaking in South Bend, Ind., Stevenson tells a crowd that it is time to "take this government away from General Motors and give it back to the Joe Smiths."
Mrs. Ophra Clark of Garrettsville in Portage County is Ohio's only female cobbler and one of perhaps a half dozen shoe repairwomen in the country.
October 21, 1931: The Interstate Commerce Commission denies a 15 percent general freight rate for the railroads, bringing comments of satisfaction from Youngstown district shippers.
Youngstown does not have sufficient money in its active accounts to meet current payroll, but the city's banks combine to advance the money needed to cover paychecks for city workers.
The board of directors of the Merchants Credit Bureau, representing 350 merchants in the Mahoning Valley, say members will continue to extend credit to customers who, in the past, have demonstrated their ability and willingness to pay their accounts when due.