Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Oct. 6, the 280th day of 2012. There are 86 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1536: English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the Bible into Early Modern English, is executed for heresy.

1884: The Naval War College is established in Newport, R.I.

1927: The era of talking pictures arrives with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson, a movie that features both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.

1928: Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of China.

1949: U.S.-born Iva Toguri D’Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” is sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison (she ended up serving more than six).

1973: War erupts in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attack Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.

1979: Pope John Paul II, on a week-long U.S. tour, becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he is received by President Jimmy Carter.

1981: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.


1987: Dr. Benjamin Spock, noted child psychologist and social activist, tells a friendly crowd at Youngstown State University that the United States is spending too little on day care and too much on weapons.

Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., a real estate developer and football team owner, begins a quest for control of Zayre Corp. by announcing plans to purchase more stock in the discount store chain.

Frank DeJute, board president of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District, responds to criticism from local officials over his absence at a meeting to discuss $60 million worth of proposed improvements at Meander Reservoir and the treatment plant.

1972: Sixty-seven paintings sell for $19,345 during the fifth annual art show presented by Dr. John J. McDonough for the benefit of the hospital ship HOPE at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Tempers flare at a Youngstown Board of Education meeting when member Louis J. Marciella is censured by other members and stripped of his voting rights for the rest of the meeting after he objected to hiring a black cosmetology teacher and black chief of special projects accounting, claiming more qualified white applicants were overlooked.

Edward D. Harper of Canfield receives a bronze medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for helping save 16-year-old George McLaughlin from drowning in a Mill Creek Park stream.

The United Appeal of Trumbull County announces $340,000 is raised at the end of the first reporting week, toward a goal of $1.1 million.

1962: Warren Patrolman Albert DeCamp, 28, is wounded by a shotgun that was nailed to a tree and attached to a booby trap activated when DeCamp opened the door to his Bonnie Brae NE house.

Seven Youngstown policemen armed with shotguns spring from the shrubbery around North Side Hospital to nab six men accused of passing money and numbers slips to a pickup man.

Six more $50 federal gambling tax stamps are purchased by Mahoning County racketeers, the Internal Revenue says. Among them, slain rackets figure Billy Naples, his brother, Joseph Naples Jr., and Struthers kingpin Ronald Carabbia.

1937: Dr. George W. Eddy issues his Mahoning County Business Research report for July and August in which he says Youngstown merchants were the innocent victims of the steel strike, which also caused a collapse in the building boom.

Police Chief Carl L. Olson says gangs of children are roaming the streets at night causing pre-Halloween havoc and warns that cruiser officers are under orders to arrest every child responsible for the destruction of property.

Youngstown steel company officials heartily endorse a movement to replace the Poland Avenue bus line with a trackless trolley system.

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