Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2013. There are 89 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1226: St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, dies; he was canonized in 1228.

1789: President George Washington declares Nov. 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America.

1863: President Abraham Lincoln proclaims the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.

1929: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formally changes its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the Office of Economic Stabilization.

1951: The New York Giants capture the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hits a three-run homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca in the “shot heard ’round the world.”

1961: “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” also starring Mary Tyler Moore, makes its debut on CBS.

1962: Astronaut Wally Schirra blasts off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a nine-hour flight.

1970: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is established under the Department of Commerce.

1990: West Germany and East Germany end 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.

1991: Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton enters the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1995: The jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial finds the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman (however, Simpson is later found liable in a civil trial).

2003: A tiger attacks magician Roy Horn of duo “Siegfried & Roy” during a performance in Las Vegas, leaving the superstar illusionist in critical condition.

Illustrator and children’s book author William Steig died in Boston at age 95.


1988: Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Wyatt McKay says the “Save Our Courthouse” committee he’s assembling will raise money to supplement the money county commissioners must eventually find to repair the historic structure.

Youngstown area hospitals say they are confronted with an increasing volume of infectious and pathological waste at a time when the EPA and Centers for Disease Control are changing rules for disposal.

Despite a light drizzle, an estimated 70,000 people attend Oktoberfest at Boardman Township Park, where 300 vendors have set up displays.

1973: More than 90 Youngstown area druggists open their Al Kurtweig Memorial Day observance by displaying petitions signed by 16,400 people detailing their grievances with the court and the law regarding pharmacy holdups.

Bishop John H. Burt, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio since 1968 and rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown from 1950 to 1956, is among five bishops nominated for presiding bishop of the national Episcopal Church.

Joanne Gierchak, 15, of Maryland Avenue, Youngstown, is undergoing a series of anti-rabies shots after being bitten by a rabid bat at her home.

1963: Eight people are killed when a truck hits two cars on a winding hill on Route 7 seven miles north of East Liverpool. Dead are: Judith Ann Lewis, 19; Sally May, 17; Nancy Knight, 12; Theodore Knight, 8; Louise Slagle, 15; William White, Sr., 64; Lila White, 55, and William White Jr., 33.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Lynn B. Griffith Jr., Sheriff Robert W. Barnett and Niles Police Chief John Ross are bringing David H. Zirwas, 28, back from Las Vegas, Nev., by train to face murder charges. Zirwas agreed to extradition if he were brought back by train because he fears flying.

Three men who robbed the Union Savings & Trust Co. branch in Warren escaping with $31,000 are arrested after a student at West Junior High School recognized one as they were switching getaway cars in the school parking lot.

1938: The Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission awards a contract for building bleachers at eight locations to Atlas Engineering Co. for $157,765.

Falls first killing frost descends on the Mahoning Valley virtually ending the locally grown vegetable season.

U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan asks the U.S. Social Security Board to assure Ohio’s needy aged that their October pension checks will not be delayed because of a dispute between federal and state officials.

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