Years Ago

Today is Friday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2013. There are 81 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1779: Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski, fighting for American independence, dies two days after being wounded during the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, Ga.

1811: The first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana (built by John Stevens), is put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.

1862: During the Civil War, Confederate forces led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart loot the town of Chambersburg, Pa.

1890: The Daughters of the American Revolution is founded in Washington, D.C.

1910: Theodore Roose-velt becomes the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis, Mo.

1932: The first American political telecast takes place as the Democratic National Committee sponsors a program from a CBS television studio in New York.


1988: Forbes magazine reports the legion of U.S. billionaires has grown to 51 people, despite the 1987 market crash that realigned the fortunes of many of the nation’s wealthiest. At $1.4 billion, Youngs-town’s Edward J. DeBartolo is listed as the wealthiest Ohioan.

A survey released by the Poland Township trustees says that residents are satisfied with their water but believe that the Ohio Water Service rates are too high.

The summer drought has left Ohio’s pumpkin supply below average and the prices higher than 1987.

1973: Administrators of Mahoning Valley hospitals are less than enthusiastic about a proposal by some local pharmacists that would make hospitals central storage points for dangerous drugs. It’s one of several suggestions to discourage drugstore robberies.

Appearing at Cook Chevrolet’s 10th anniversary celebration in Canfield, is Rebecca Ann King, Miss America 1974.

Three Dominican sisters who have taught at St. Dominic School and other Youngstown schools celebrate their 50th anniversary in religious life: Sister Mary Dominica Pangburn, Sister Mary Josephine Riffel and Sister Mary Elizabeth Moine.

1963: The Ohio Supreme Court rules that Anthony B. Flask is entitled to have his name on the November ballot as the Democratic nominee for Youngstown mayor.

The Youngstown Board of Control awards a contract to L.F. Donnell Inc. for 12 two-door police cruisers at $1,884 each. A four-door sedan for the chief will cost $2,125.

Youngstown district steel operations climb seven points to 52 percent of capacity with five blast furnaces, 23 open hearths, three basic oxygen and one Bessemer plant working.

1938: Three bandits hold up the South Side branch of the First Federal Savings and Loan, escaping with $5,000.

The Association Hospital Service Inc., which provides hospitalization insurance for 75 cents a month for St. Elizabeth and Youngstown Hospitals, reaches 7,000 members, bolstered by 1,000 after expanding its services to maternity patients.

Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans issues a proclamation calling on all citizens and organizations to observe Columbus Day, the 446th anniversary of the discovery of America.

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