Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2013. There are 86 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1536: English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the Bible into Early Modern English, is executed for heresy.

1927: The era of talking pictures arrives with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson, a movie that features both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.

1928: Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of China.

1949: U.S.-born Iva Toguri D’Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” is sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison (she ends up serving more than six).

1958: The nuclear submarine USS Seawolf surfaces after spending 60 days submerged.

1973: War erupts in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attack Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.

1976: In his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford asserts there is “no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.” (Ford later concedes he’d misspoken.)

1979: Pope John Paul II, on a week-long U.S. tour, becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he is received by President Jimmy Carter.

1981: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.

1989: Actress Bette Davis dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at age 81.

2008: As Wall Street reels and global markets plunge, President George W. Bush says the U.S. economy is going to be “just fine” in the long run, but cautioned that the massive rescue plan would take time to work. The Dow industrial average drops to 9,955, its first close below 10,000 since 2004.


1988: Home burglar and medical alarms are averaging 19 false alarms a month in Champion and are endangering police, says Chief James Sicuro.

Youngstown Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro says he may hold his own hearing on potentially illegal car insurance rates after an Ohio Department of Insurance public hearing draws comments from just four people.

Two new bridges open over the Mahoning River: the Fredericksburg Bridge in Milton Township and the Shillings Mill Bridge in Berlin Township,

1973: David Jackson, 26, of Warren is shot and killed after quarreling with a South Side man who opened fire at the Tiki Lounge, 910 Market St.

A masked bandit wearing a frosted wig robs the Farmers National Bank Cornersburg Branch.

Ex-North High star Sherman Smith, who shared All-City quarterback honors with East’s Gary Frost in 1971, is sharing signal calling duties with Steve Sanna at Miami of Ohio.

1963: Thomas J. Wajda, graduate of Johnston High School in Trumbull County and Youngstown University, a member of the Foreign Service Officers Corps, leaves for a tour of duty in Tehran.

E. Ross Adgate of Salt Springs-Youngstown Road, Niles, has a collection of thousands of Indian artifacts which experts say is one of the finest in the nation.

More than 800 people turn out for the fourth annual St. Elizabeth Charity Ball at Idora Park Ballroom.

1938: Joseph Manski, 21, is in serious condition at South Side Hospital of a gunshot fired by a man in a white robe or nightshirt as Manski was leaving work at the Mahoning Metal Market, 601 Alpine St.

Plans for the new Cedar Street bridge are going forward rapidly, although federal officials have not yet sent the city a formal offer to participate.

Alexander Thomas, 25-year-old Youngstowner, receives a hero’s medal at New Bedford, Mass., for saving a young woman’s life during a tidal wave that swept New England.

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