Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2008. There are 91 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2008. There are 91 days left in the year. On this date in 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.

In 1800, Spain cedes Louisiana to France in a secret treaty. In 1918, Damascus falls to Arab forces as Turkish Ottoman officials surrender the city. In 1936, Gen. Francisco Franco is proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state. In 1949, Mao Zedong proclaims the People’s Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing. In 1958, the American Express charge card makes its official debut. In 1964, the Free Speech Movement is launched at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1968, the Senate refuses to shut down a filibuster against President Lyndon B. Johnson’s nomination of Abe Fortas to be U.S. chief justice. (Fortas withdraws the next day).

October 1, 1983: The city of Sharon receives a $315,000 federal grant to develop a factory outlet mall in the vacant Strouss Sharon Store on West State Street.

More than 500 employees at the American Welding & Manufacturing Co.’s industrial and building products divisions in Warren and Niles are on strike.

Youngstown City Council receives a proposal for a multi-million dollar recreation and condominium development on 70 acres of city-owned land at Lake Milton.

About 100 walkers lead the way over the new Market Street Bridge after a ribbon cutting. Officials in attendance include U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams and Ohio Secretary State Sherrod Brown.

October 1, 1968: Members of the W. Chalmers Avenue Block Club pledge support to help eliminate rowdyism from night football games at South Stadium.

Three Mercer area men are sentenced to life in prison for their part in the murder of Kenneth M. Frick, 21, of Ford City and the raping of two Slippery Rock State College coeds.

Hugh Stacy Jr. of Poland Township is elected chairman of the Mahoning County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee.

The Harry Miller Excavating Co. of Suffield, Ohio, submits an apparent low bid of $8.6 million for construction of 5.9 miles of state Route 11, the Lake-to-River Highway, Churchhill to state Route 82.

October 1, 1958: Mahoning County Sheriff Paul Langley suspends a deputy accused of giving preferential treatment to racketeer Sandy Naples, who is serving a six month term in the county jail for gambling.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Thomas A. Beil says that if Ohio Gov. C. William O’Neill wants Langley removed from office, the governor can begin the process.

The Rev. James W. Malone is superintendent of Youngstown Diocesan Schools, overseeing a system that is educating 36,856 boys and girls over a six-county area.

James L. Wick Jr. resigns from the Youngstown YMCA board of directors after more than 40 years of service.

October 1, 1933: Five former mayors of Youngstown who served prior to the adoption of the home rule charter in 1923 are unanimous in their opinion that city voters should maintain the charter form of government.

The seventh annual Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh song festival) opens in Niles under the sponsorship of the Niles Druid Club.

Thirty-four years of work with girls in Youngstown by the Florence Crittenton Home are detailed in a book issued by the National Florence Crittenton Mission, which is marking 50 years of service.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, founded by a group of Presbyterians in the Old Vindicator Hall on W. Boardman Street Oct. 6, 1893, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special service.

More than 200 veterans and their families leave the B&O Mahoning Valley Legionnaire Special for the World Fair in Chicago.

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