Today is Sunday, Oct. 28, the 302nd day of 2012. There are 64 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1636: The General Court of Massachusetts passes a legislative act establishing Harvard College.
1858: Rowland Hussey Macy opens his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.
1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
1919: Over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, Congress enacts the Volstead Act, establishing Prohibition, .
1958: The Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, is elected Pope; he takes the name John XXIII.
1962: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informs the United States that he has ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba; the U.S. secretly agrees to remove nuclear missiles from U.S. installations in Turkey.
1991: What becomes known as “The Perfect Storm” begins forming hundreds of miles east of Nova Scotia; lost at sea during the storm are the six crew members of the Andrea Gail, a sword-fishing boat from Gloucester, Mass.
1987: An Ohio Environmental Protection Agency official says he doubts that Poland Township’s water well problems are being caused by a nearby landfill but says the agency will begin an examination of the facility.
The Trumbull County Board of Health says it will take action to have uninhabitable houses in Liberty Township razed.
A Green Township citizens group states its opposition to dumping out-of-state waste in their township.
1972: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. reports a net loss of $7.5 million during Lykes-Youngstown Corp.’s third quarter.
A federal jury in Los Angeles convicts three Ohio men, two from the Youngstown area, in the multi-million-dollar burglary of a bank in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Found guilty of bank burglary and larceny were Amil Dinsio 36, and Charles Mulligan, 38.
Mahoning Valley party leaders and election officials say the new 18- through 20-year-old voters in Columbiana, Trumbull, Mercer and Lawrence counties are likely to have little impact on the Nov. 7 elections.
1962: An estimated 1 million hunters turn out for the first day of small game season in Pennsylvania. The State Game Commission reports 12 hunters were wounded and one died of an apparent heart attack.
The state fire marshal condemns Trumbull County’s 136-year-old county home. County commissioners are seeking federal funds for construction of a new infirmary.
Glenn Grace, 12, of 18 Williams Ave., rescues 5-year-old Charlotte Johnson who was asleep when smoke from a coal bin fire filled the duplex in which the two families lived.
1937: Ohio Secretary of State William J. Kennedy rejects a demand by J.W. Cannon, a candidate for Youngstown municipal judge, that A.W. Craver and Fred Shutrump, members of the Board of Elections, and chief clerk John Vitullo be removed because they are allegedly openly supporting the candidacy of John W. Powers.
Republic Steel Corp. reports $3.2 million in net earnings for the third quarter, bringing nine-month earnings to $9.3 million, nearly $3 million more than the same period in 1936.
Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans says construction of a new Spring Commons bridge would boost employment, requiring 1,500 tons of steel and 75,000 man hours of labor.