Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 9, the 283rd day of 2012. There are 83 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1888: The public is first admitted to the Washington Monument.

1910: A coal dust explosion at the Starkville Mine in Colorado leaves 56 miners dead.

1930: Laura Ingalls becomes the first woman to fly across the United States as she completes a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.

1936: The first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.

1958: Pope Pius XII dies at age 82, ending a 19-year papacy. (He is succeeded by Pope John XXIII.)

1967: Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara is killed by the Bolivian army a day after he was captured while attempting to incite revolution.


1987: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., a critic of President Ronald Reagan’s decision to reflag Kuwaiti oil tankers, warns that the United States is “approaching war” in the Persian Gulf and calls on senators to “start doing their job” and force Reagan to invoke the War Powers Act.

Dr. Fredric D’Amato, chairman of the Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission, continues to criticize plans for the state to takeover Lake Milton.

1972: Doug Shasby, district commercial manager of the Ohio Bell Telephone Co., says the company will provide teletypewriters to the deaf, allowing them to communicate by phone.

The Youngstown Area United Appeal opens its campaign for $1,894,200 for 27 local Community Chest agencies and the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Joseph Natoli, 19-year-old accordion virtuoso from McDonald, will compete in the world championship accordion contest in Caracas, Venezuela.

1962: Tom Scharlow, Youngstown’s 18-year-old motorcycling ace, wins the 1962 season championship race at the Western Reserve Speedway.

Appellate Judge Lynn B. Griffith of Warren takes the oath as a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court

1937: Antonette Borelli, 20, of 1128 McGuffey Road, is injured when she runs into the road to snatch her four-year-old sister, Nancy, from the path of an approaching car.

After confiscating five slot machines from the Brier Hill Independent Athletic Association at the former Poland Country Club, Sheriff Ralph Elser warns that he means business in shutting down illegal gambling in Mahoning County.

Albert Spaulding, noted American violinist, will open the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra’s 1937-38 season at Stambaugh Auditorium.

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