Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2011. There are 66 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1774: The First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.

1825: The Erie Canal opens in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

1881: The “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” takes place in Tombstone, Ariz.

1911: “The Queen of Gospel,” singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson, is born in New Orleans.

1942: Japanese planes sink the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War II.

1958: Pan American Airways flies its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in 8 hours and 41 minutes.

1979: South Korean President Park Chung-hee is shot to death during a dinner party along with his chief bodyguard by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu, who is later executed.

1994: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan sign a peace treaty during a ceremony at the Israeli-Jordanian border attended by President Bill Clinton.


1986: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Frank D. Celebrezze tells a statewide conference of Mothers Against Drunken Driving at the Avalon Inn in Howland that their efforts at education and legislation are making Ohio roads safer and saving lives.

Refugees from the Hungarian revolt who settled in the Youngstown area remember and reflect on what it was like to flee their country for America in 1956.

U.S. Rep. Mary Rose Oakar, a Cleveland Democrat, urges those attending a Breast Health Workshop in Boardman to support a House bill that would require Medicare to help pay for screening measures recommended by physicians for early detection of the disease.

1971: Jane S. Johnson is elected president of W.O. Strausbaugh Motor Co. on Wick Avenue, which was named in 1970 as the most improved dodge dealership in the nation. She is the widow of the former president, Hildemar Johnson, and daughter of the founder, Walter O. Strausbaugh, who founded the company in 1925.

Girard City Council approves a resolution of intent to join the new Western Reserve Transit Authority to ensure continued bus service for city residents.

1961: The Republicans have no monopoly on honesty and The Vindicator no monopoly on truth, Mayor Frank R. Franko charges in a speech to City Council, responding to accusations of corruption in the city.

William F. Maag Jr., editor and publisher of The Vindicator, receives the annual Frank Purnell Award from the Youngstown Jaycees in recognition of years of outstanding community service.

The Mahoning County Bar Association endorses three possible appointees to Youngstown Municipal Court: former Mayor Frank X. Kryzan, assistant law Director John J. Leskovyansky and former state Rep. John J. Lynch Jr. Gov. Michael DiSalle will make the appointment.

1936: Youngstown police begin rounding up thugs in the city, looking for the killer of a drug store clerk during a robbery. Among the 12 men caught in the dragnet is Frank Bydo, who was being hunted in five states after a sensational jail break in Youngstown two months earlier.

State and national men of prominence come to Girard for the cornerstone laying of the new Girard Post Office.

Declaring that Mahoning County has a reputation for the worst “ambulance chasers” in Ohio, 166 local attorneys petition common pleas judges to take disciplinary action against those involved.

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