Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2013. There are 77 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1858: The seventh and final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas takes place in Alton, Ill.
1860: Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., writes a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
1917: Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, is executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.
1928: The German dirigible Graf Zeppelin lands in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.
1937: The Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have and Have Not” is first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
1945: The former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, is executed for treason.
1946: Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisons himself hours before he was to have been executed.
1951: The classic sitcom “I Love Lucy” premieres on CBS with the episode “The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub.”
1964: It is announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev has been removed from office.
1969: Peace demonstrators stage activities across the country as part of a “moratorium” against the Vietnam War.
1976: In the first debate of its kind between vice presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole face off in Houston.
1991: Despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirms the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48.
1997: British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green twice drives a jet-powered car in the Nevada desert faster than the speed of sound, officially shattering the world’s land-speed record.
NASA’s plutonium-powered Cassini spacecraft rockets flawlessly toward Saturn.
2003: Doctors in Florida remove the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged woman at the center of a right-to-die battle. (The tube is reinserted, then removed again, as the legal battle plays out, ending with Schiavo’s death in March 2005.)
2008: Pop star Madonna and movie director Guy Ritchie announce they are divorcing after nearly eight years of marriage.
Actress-singer Edie Adams dies in Los Angeles at age 81.
1988: A federal magistrate recommends dismissal of a lawsuit filed by three black Mahoning County residents challenging the boundaries of the 52nd and 53rd state representative districts.
Dollar Savings and Trust Co. and two contractors file an involuntary action against the MetroPlex Centre in Liberty Township, claiming it owes them more than $5.5 million.
Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church near Niles announces that work has begun on a $250,000 remodeling project.
1973: Archie Griffin rushes for 169 yards on 29 carries as the Ohio State Buckeyes roll to a 24-0 victory over Wisconsin.
A 27-year-old Lowellville man is being held in county jail in the sexual assault and stabbing of a 10-year-old Lowellville girl who was abducted a block from her home.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Clyde W. Osborne fines the unions and employees who struck the school district $71,200 and orders each employee to pay $50.
1963: Richard Kosmo, 26, of Oak Hill Avenue, is stabbed five times when he fought off two hitchhikers who attempted to rob him at Belmont and Madison avenues.
Hubbard Fire Chief Brosel “Bud” Wills dies of a heart attack at his home shortly after returning from fighting a series of grass fires.
Reflecting a sharp decline in steel business, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. reports third quarter earnings of $5 million on sales of $147 million.
1938: Frank J. Schaeffer, 25 Linden Ave., Boardman, a foreman of Republic Steel Corp.’s electric weld tube mill, is elected president of the National Association of Foremen at the annual convention in Akron.
Frank Sinkwich sprints 83 yards for the first touchdown as Chaney High tops South, 14-0, before 11,000 wildly enthusiastic fans at South Stadium.
Youngstown Police Chief Carl L. Olson issues an early warning that parents will be held responsible for any Halloween destruction of property.