Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3, the 277th day of 2012. There are 89 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1932: Iraq becomes independent of British administration.
1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the Office of Economic Stabilization.
1962: Astronaut Wally Schirra becomes the fifth American to fly in space as he blasts off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a nine-hour flight.
1992: Barack Obama marries Michelle Robinson at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
1995: The jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial finds the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
1987: Youngstown teachers reach a new contract during weekend negotiations and will be in the classrooms on Monday, ending a two-week strike.
Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, calls the incumbent Democratic Sen. Howard Metzenbaum a “bully” in pursuing organized labor‘s legislative agenda.
1972: Catherine B. Cleary, president of the First Wisconsin Trust Co. of Milwaukee, is elected to the board of directors of General Motors Corp., the first woman to serve on the board.
John Marsh, founder of Vahey-Marsh-Woods Co. and long a supporter of the public library, dies in South Side Hospital at the age of 85.
Warren City Council passes legislation designed to control and discourage the construction of apartments in the city, which some councilmen said are becoming too numerous in their wards.
1962: The Federal Aviation Agency tells Youngstown that it cannot grant exclusive rights for fixed base operators at the Youngstown Airport, but must provide space to new operators as long as there is a need for service.
A city license is issued to McCullough Williams Sr., a former downtown parking lot operator, to operate the Town Shoe Shine and Billiards at 319 W. Federal St.
1937: A cow on the Harry Mays farm on Route 46 in Austintown gives birth to triplets, two bulls and a heifer.
Hundreds of visitors are expected at the McKinley Memorial building in Niles on the 20th anniversary of its dedication.
Several hundred Happy Campfire Girls, many dressed in costume, conduct their annual parade through downtown to the applause of spectators.