Today is Monday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2012. There are 85 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1612: Italian poet Giovanni Battista Guarini dies in Venice.
1777: The second Battle of Saratoga begins during the American Revolution. (British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrender10 days later.)
1849: Author Edgar Allan Poe dies in Baltimore at age 40.
1858: The fifth debate between Illinois senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas takes place in Galesburg.
1910: A major wildfire devastates the northern Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at least 300,000 acres. Some 40 people are believed to have died.
1929: Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall, one of the main figures of the Teapot Dome scandal, goes on trial in Washington, D.C., charged with accepting a bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall is found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ends up serving nine months. Ironically, Doheny is acquitted at trial of offering the bribe that Fall was convicted of taking.)
1988: Tax incentives and cooperation among government, labor and management win the Warren area a $17 million hot forging operation to be built by CSC Industries and Daido Steel Ltd. of Japan.
A third juvenile charged in the beating death of Daniel Gilmore of Warren in Cleveland will be charged as an adult.
The annual Trumbull County Fall Foliage Tour sponsored by the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District will concentrate on seven stops in the southwestern portion of the county.
1973: Vindicator Business Editor George R. Reiss writes that a prominent Youngstown stockbroker advises: “Do your grandchildren a favor. Tell them to insure their business future to learn to speak Arabic, or maybe German, Japanese or Dutch.”
The Youngstown Branch of the American Association of University Women opens its Golden Anniversary Year with a luncheon at First Christian Church.
Vying for homecoming queen at Westminster College are: Martha Montgomery, Kathryn Jones, Barbara Seneff, Debra Hepler, Barbara Byrd, Karen Cooper and Linda Kegg.
1963: H. Roe Bartle, former mayor of Kansas City, tells the Citizens Association of Metropolitan Youngstown how the Kansas City Citizens’ Association defeated the corrupt Pendergast political machine.
Fire routs 14 members of two families from an 8-unit condemned house at 28 Blaine Ave. Firemen from six companies fought fire and smoke for four hours before extinguishing the stubborn blaze.
Staff Sgt. John F. Piscitelli of Struthers is a member of the Air Force task force that will assist in Deep Freeze ’64, the annual resupply operation for scientific stations in Antarctica.
1938: PWA funds in the amount of $426,910 are released for bridges and $1,387,588 for streets in Youngstown.
A crew of 36 workers, half Democratic and half Republican, is in charge of nine special registration offices in Youngstown’s seven wards and in Struthers and Campbell.