Today in history

Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2012. There are 87 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1892: The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, is practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan.

1921: The World Series is covered on radio for the first time as Newark, N.J., station WJZ relays reports from the Polo Grounds, where the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees, 3-0.

1931: Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.

1947: President Harry S. Truman delivers the first televised White House address as he speaks on the world food crisis.

1962: The Beatles’ first hit recording, “Love Me Do,” is released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone Records.

The first James Bond theatrical feature, “Dr. No” starring Sean Connery as Agent 007, premieres in London.

1988: Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambastes Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”


1987: An estimated 2,000 people are evacuated near Route 224 and the Ohio Turnpike after a truck loaded with liquid oxygen overturns on the turnpike.

Dr. Edward J. “Bud” Fiffick, a Boardman podiatrist who has been a National Football League referee for nine seasons, says one of his favorite players is Walter Payton, who likes to play practical jokes. Payton once untied Fiffick’s shoe while the referee was spotting the ball.

Youngstown City School District students have a second first day of school after teachers return from an 18-day strike.

1972: The Public Utilities Commission asks the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to stop the Medical-Dental Bureau in the Home Savings & Loan Building from operating a radio answering service saying another company is already providing adequate mobile radio service in Youngstown.

Charles A Wilson, 79, of Boardman is killed when he failed to stop at routes 62 and 46 just north of Canfield and crashes into another car.

1962: Projects valued at $6 million to $8 million are proposed by City Council under the federal public works acceleration act.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.9 percent, the lowest in two years, with 3.5 million out of work.

Frank L. Buschagen, 80, retires after 60 years working as a stereotyper, first at the Youngstown Telegram and, since 1937, at The Vindicator.

1937: First Methodist Church of Lisbon will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special service and fellowship dinner.

Columbiana County authorities, armed with secret indictments issued by a Columbiana County grand jury, raid two alleged numbers headquarters in Steubenville.

A report published in the American Journal of Public Health says that soft coal smoke in cities contributes to pneumonia, bronchitis and fibrosis in the lungs.

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