Today is Saturday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2013. There are 59 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1865: The 29th president of the United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding, is born near Corsica, Ohio.
1889: North Dakota and South Dakota become the 39th and 40th states.
1948: President Harry Truman surprises the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.
1959: Game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a House subcommittee that he’d been given questions and answers in advance when he appeared on the NBC-TV program “Twenty-One.”
1976: The former governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter, becomes the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeats incumbent Gerald R. Ford.
1983: President Ronald Reagan signs a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
1988: Poland Village Council approves a 0.5 percent income tax by a 4-2 vote, which is expected to generate from $100,000 to $110,000.
Several Howland Township groups throw their support behind a zoning measure that would rezone property on the west side of state Route 46 for a proposed $20 million plaza.
Todd M. Shaffer, 17 of Austintown receives his Eagle Scout award at a court of honor at Smith Corners United Methodist Church.
1973: The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce marks its 68th anniversary with a dinner attended by 400 at the Sheraton Inn-West.
Lykes Youngstown Corp. reports net income of $22.5 million or $1.37 a share on sales and revenues of $919 million for the first nine months of the year.
Gov. John J. Gilligan and many state legislators from both parties come to Youngstown to attend the funeral of William Kelly, 58, administrative assistant in the Senate minority leader’s office, at St. Patrick Church.
1963: Youngstown Municipal Judge Don L. Hanni Jr. dismisses a charge of illegal Sunday sales against Samuel J. Louff of the Welles Department Store saying that Ohio’s Sunday Blue Law is unconstitutional.
The first measurable snowfall of the season hits the Youngstown area, bringing a reduction in the speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike to 45 mph.
Mr. and Mrs. David Hamilton of Austintown attend a fashion show at Christian Dior in Paris, part of a trip won in a promotion by American Express.
1938: More than 1,000 Jews and Christians crowd Rodef Sholom Temple in Youngstown and issue a plea to international leaders to keep Palestine open for Jewish settlement and to continue the Balfour Declaration made 21 years ago.
Construction begins on a $50,000 addition to the Niles General Electric glass plant, which manufactures glass for automobile headlights.