Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2012. There are 77 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1858: The final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas takes place in Alton, Ill.
1917: Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, is executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.
1945: The former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, is executed for treason.
1976: In the first debate of its kind between vice presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole face off in Houston.
1987: The Ohio Dog Breeders Association files suit against Dog Warden Daniel E. Pecchio seeking to block him from enforcing Ohio’s new vicious dog law; it says that 63 pit bulls have been destroyed in Mahoning County, .
With three weeks left in its drive, Youngstown Area United Way has raised more than $1.4 million, about 51 percent of the UW goal of $2,275,000.
1972: St. Elizabeth Hospital announces plans for $8 million in Phase 2 new construction after completion of the hospital’s $14 million first phase of a program that will add 100 beds to the hospital.
Two scouts from Troop 84 at Austintown Community Church will receive Eagle Scout awards: Paul Stevens, 16, and Rick Terhanko, 18.
1962: Vice President Lyndon Johnson will make a brief talk at Youngstown Municipal Airport Oct. 25, between campaign stops for congressional candidates in Sharon, Pa., and Kent.
Youngstown district steel executives are optimistic as 1963 auto sales create new demand for steel.
1937: Marshall C. Hoppin, district airport adviser of the U.S. Bureau of Air Commerce, says federal funds are still available to develop a Youngstown district community airport and urges Youngstown, Niles, Warren, Sharon, Girard and Hubbard to get behind a Vienna airport.