Today is Saturday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2006. There are 64 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight-saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. locally. Clocks move back one hour. On this date in 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland.
In 1893, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts the first public performance of his Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathetique") in St. Petersburg, Russia, just nine days before his death. In 1919, Congress enacts the Volstead Act, which provides for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Wilson's veto. In 1922, fascism comes to Italy as Benito Mussolini takes control of the government.In 1940, Italy invades Greece during World War II. In 1958, the Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, is elected Pope; he takes the name John XXIII. In 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informs the United States that he has ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. In 1965, Pope Paul VI issues a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In 1986, the true centennial of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York with ceremonies that are modest compared with the hoopla of "Liberty Weekend" the previous July.
October 28, 1981: A shouting match brings an abrupt end to a meeting between Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr. and members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 141 over an FOP plan for safe use of reserve deputies.
The Mahoning County Building Department orders remodeling work to stop at the Palmer House Motel on Route 7 in North Lima because the work has been going on for months without a building permit.
The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, which defied President Reagan by launching an illegal strike and then saw 11,500 of its members fired, is out of business as a labor union. The federal Labor Relations Authority strips PATCO of its right to represent air traffic controllers.
October 28, 1966: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan notifies Mayor Anthony Flask that a grant of $5.1 million has been approved for Youngstown's downtown renewal project. The plan calls for 68 buildings bounded by Wick Avenue, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad tracks, Walnut Street and the B & amp;O Railroad tracks to be demolished.
Losses may reach $200,000 in a fire that gutted three first-floor storerooms and damaged upper floors of the Dollar Building at State and Dock streets in downtown Sharon.
October 28, 1956: A plaque honoring the Rt. Rev. Charles Boehm of Cleveland, the first Hungarian priest in North America, is blessed in St. Stephen of Hungary Church in Youngstown by the Most Rev. Emmet M. Walsh, bishop of Youngstown.
The oldest house in Warren, built in 1807 by John Stark Edwards, first Trumbull County recorder, is now headquarters of the Trumbull County Historical Society. The house on South Street near downtown was later owned by Thomas Webb, founder of the first newspaper in the Western Reserve District.
Ohio State defeats Wisconsin, 21-0, for its 15th Big 10 win in a row, tying OSU with Michigan for the streak record.
October 28, 1931: Members of the Youngstown Elks Lodge approve the purchase of the Schontz building on W. Boardman Street, across from the former Moose Temple, for $50,000 and appropriate $50,000 for remodeling.
Fire of undetermined origin destroys the Edmor, a popular dance hall and night club on East Palestine-Beaver Falls Road. The loss is estimated at $12,000.