Today is Monday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2006. There are 62 days left in the year. On this date in 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, airs on CBS. (The live drama, which employed fake news reports, panicked some listeners who thought its portrayal of a Martian invasion was real.)
In 1735, the second president of the United States, John Adams, is born in Braintree, Mass. In 1944, the Martha Graham ballet "Appalachian Spring," with music by Aaron Copland, premieres at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with Graham in a leading role. In 1945, the U.S. government announces the end of shoe rationing. In 1953, Gen. George C. Marshall is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Albert Schweitzer receives the Peace Prize for 1952. In 1961, the Soviet Union tests a hydrogen bomb, the "Tsar Bomba," with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. In 1961, the Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb. In 1975, the New York Daily News runs the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after President Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City. In 1979, President Carter announces his choice of federal appeals judge Shirley Hufstedler to head the newly created Department of Education. In 1985, the launch of the space shuttle Challenger is witnessed by schoolteacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who dies when the spacecraft explodes after liftoff in January 1986. In 1995, by a razor-thin vote of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, Federalists prevail over separatists in Quebec in a secession referendum.
October 30, 1981: Area pilots say the Youngstown Municipal. Airport is safe, if not safer, than before the strike by air traffic controllers.
A legal battle is shaping up between the defunct Western Reserve Economic Development Agency and the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp. over control of about $80,000 in annual interest earned on a $1 million loan fund.
For the first time in three years, the Youngstown Area United Way tops its campaign goal, raising slightly more than $2.3 million.
October 30, 1966: Gov. James A. Rhodes is running neck and neck with state Sen. Frazier Reams, Democratic candidate for governor in Mahoning County, but is well ahead in Trumbull and Columbiana counties, The Vindicator straw poll shows.
Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for an octagonal church in a modern Byzantine style for St. George Hungarian Byzantine Rite Church at 1726 Canfield Road. The architect is P. Arthur D'Orazio.
Mahoning County sheriff's deputies will hand out Halloween treats to children all over the county. In 1965, deputies handed out 10,000 pieces of candy, potato chips and pretzels.
Jan Peerce and Roberta Peters, two of the top artists from the Metropolitan Opera Co. , will appear in a joint recital Jan. 28 at Stambaugh Auditorium.
October 30, 1956: During a meeting in Canfield, federal officials say few farmers in northeastern Ohio will be eligible for federal emergency feed supplies. However, if excessive rain continues to have serious effects on crops, eligibility will be reappraised in 60 days.
Youngstown's retail stores say they will need at least 2,000 to 2,500 additional clerks for what is expected to be the biggest Christmas shopping season in the city on record.
Youngstown issues an occupancy permit to Sears, Roebuck & amp; Co., clearing the way for the opening of the new Sears store at 2801 Market St.
October 30, 1931: J.D. Miller of Geneva is named a temporary director of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District after directors Jacob Waddell and Fred A. LaBelle fail to agree on a third member of the board.
Youngstown Mayor Joseph Heffernan breaks his silence regarding who will succeed him with an announcement that he is supporting James E. Jones, the finance director, for mayor. Heffernan says that despite his long friendship with front-runner Judge Mark E. Moore, he is disturbed that some of the men supporting Moore are the same men who tried to perpetrate a graft plot after Heffernan took office.
Warner Arms, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron I. Arms II, dies at the family home, 2268 Fifth Ave., after an illness of six months. He fell ill while at school in the spring and was confined to his bed for most of the time until his death.
Representatives of all Coitsville societies and clubs that have taken part in relief work meet at the home of Mrs. T. Lamar Jackson to organize a federated body that would take charge of relief administration in Coitsville this winter.