Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2013. There are 76 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1793: During the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, is beheaded.

1859: Radical abolitionist John Brown leads a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown’s men are killed and five escape. Brown and six followers end up being captured; all were executed.)

1901: Booker T. Washington dines at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the black educator sparks controversy.

1912: The Boston Red Sox win the World Series, defeating the New York Giants in Game 8, 3-2 (Game 2 had ended in a tie on account of darkness).

1942: The ballet “Rodeo,” with music by Aaron Copland and choreography by Agnes de Mille, premieres at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

1943: Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly officially opens the city’s new subway system during a ceremony at the State and Madison street station.

1952: The Charles Chaplin film “Limelight” premieres in London.

1962: President John F. Kennedy is informed by national security adviser McGeorge Bundy that reconnaissance photographs have revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.


1988: Juniors Mike McGlone of Youngstown and Angela Vandermotten of Orwell are crowned king and queen for the annual Homecoming at Youngstown State University. The Penguins beat Towson State, 41-39, in the homecoming game.

The Ohio GOP has Girard state Sen. Thomas E. Carney in its sights and is spending money on commercials supporting Charles “Chip” Henry of Burton.

Trumbull County Planner William Charnas says creating a reservoir near Kinsman would allow the county to sever ties with Shenango Valley Water Co. of Sharon, which provides water for four Trumbull townships.

1973: The Greater AFL-CIO Council endorses both incumbent Mayor Jack C. Hunter and his Democratic challenger, Anthony B. Flask.

A decrease of 149 students in Austintown Local School District’s 1972 enrollment of 8,538 students will result in a loss of about $90,000 in state funds for the district.

1963: Joe “The Wolf” DiCarlo of Liberty Township is named during a U.S. Senate hearing as the Youngstown area boss of a crime cartel headed by Stefano Magaddino that covers Western New York, Toronto, Canada, and Eastern Ohio.

An unidentified motorist averts a possible tragedy when he stops beside a blazing car with five trapped occupants in Route 45 in Ellsworth Township and extinguishes the fire.

Some 300 senior citizens from Cleveland arrive on eight buses to tour the Butler Institute of Art as part of the Plain Dealer’s Fall Foliage Tour.

1938: The stepfather of a 5-year-old boy who was found nearly naked, shivering from cold and hungry at his Campbell home, is fined $100 and sentenced to 30 days in jail by Mayor John J. Borak. The mother’s jail term was suspended on the condition that she take the child to her mother’s home in Salem.

Mount Union College in Alliance installs Dr. Charles Burgess Ketcham, former Warren M.E. Church pastor, as its fifth president in 93 years.

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