Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2012. There are 85 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1849: Author Edgar Allan Poe dies in Baltimore at age 40.
1910: A wildfire devastates the Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at least 300,000 acres. Some 40 people are believed to have died.
1982: The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical “Cats” opens on Broadway.
1991: University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accuses Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denies Hill’s allegations.
1992: Trade representatives of the United States, Canada and Mexico initial the North American Free Trade Agreement in San Antonio, Texas.
2001: The current war in Afghanistan starts as the U.S. and Britain launch air attacks against military targets and Osama bin Laden’s training camps in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
1987:Construction of a proposed $225 million coal liquefaction plant on a 400-acre site in Warren is projected for 1989, says Robert Shannon, president of Ohio-Ontario Clean Fuels Inc.
Canfield City Council is considering legislation that would require any local option to sell alcohol for consumption or take out in the “dry” city to be approved citywide, not by an individual precinct.
A new state law may require Trumbull County to pay for the cost of merchants reprogramming electronic cash registers if voters approve a 0.5 percent county sales tax on the November ballot.
1972: Trumbull County commissioners and county Engineer Bruce Weaver go on record opposing the opening of Route 11 in the county until grade separations are constructed where other roads intersect.
The Rev. Lonnie Simon, a member of the Board of Education, and Willie Oliver, chairman of the Model Cities South Side Planning Commission, are arrested for allegedly interfering with police during a disturbance at South High Stadium.
Anthony Phillips, 60, of New Castle is found innocent by reason of temporary insanity, in the courthouse shooting death of Gary Couch, 19, who had been sentenced to six to 12 years in prison for killing Phillips’ brother, Alex.
1962:A “ghost” employee in Youngstown’s water department, Gruia Markus, who was issued 28 checks totaling $4,039, is tracked down in Ontario, Calif.
A crowd of 200 turns out for the awards banquet of the Penn-Ohio Coin Club Association at the Pick-Ohio Hotel. Tom Williams of Youngstown succeeds Homer Swanson of Sharon as president.
1937: Former Youngstown Congressman John G. Cooper is appointed by Gov. Martin L. Davey to the board of claims, which oversees the Workmen’s Compensation Law.
Skilled craftsmen return to work on all Heller-Murray Co. jobs after the company recognizes the Hod Carriers Union for common laborers; they remain off the Bucheit Co. jobs at South Side Hospital and St. Dominic’s Convent.