Years Ago

Today is Monday, Oct. 8, the 282nd day of 2012. There are 84 days left in the year. This is the Columbus Day observance in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada.


On this date in:

1918: U.S. Army Cpl. Alvin C. York leads an attack that kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132 others in the Argonne Forest in France.

1944: “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, makes its debut on CBS Radio.

1945: President Harry S. Truman announces that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.

1956: Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.

1970: Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for literature.


1987: Charles J. Carney, former four-term congressman from the 19th Congressional District, dies of a heart ailment complicated by pneumonia in St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he had been a patient for 19 days.

State Rep. Joseph J. Vukovich, D-52nd, urges Poland Township residents to have their water wells tested for safety because the Ohio EPA won’t take action unless there is widespread contamination. Fifty-one families had their wells tested and 27 were found to be contaminated with fecal microbes.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet plays at a Monday Musical Club concert at Stambaugh Auditorium.

1972: With one day of voter registration remaining, Mahoning County voter rolls reach 154,000, about 3,000 higher than the record high for the 1960 presidential election.

Cats from as far away as California and South America compete in the Western Reserve Cat Fanciers Club’s 12th annual show at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

1962: The 115 Loblaw supermarkets in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania that have been sold to National Tea Co. will retain the Loblaw name.

Juvenile Court Judge Harold S. Rickert Sr. makes good on his warning about football game rowdyism, ordering two Struthers boys, 15 and 17, to spend every weekend for the rest of the high school grid season in juvenile court custody.

1937: Detroit Archbishop Edward Mooney, a Youngstown native, and past pastor of St. Patrick Church, reproves one of his priests, Father Charles E. Coughlin of Royal Oak, Mich., for Coughlin’s “unfortunate words” in describing President Roosevelt’s appointment of Justice Hugo Black as “personal stupidity.”

Mahoning County Sheriff Ralph Elser leads a raid on the Brier Hill Independent Athletic Association, one of the most elaborate gambling places between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. About 400 well-dressed men and women are sent home; no arrests are made.

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