Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2013. There are 73 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1765: The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, draws up a declaration of rights and liberties.

1781: British troops under Gen. Lord Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution nears its end.

1812: French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte begin their retreat from Moscow.

1864: Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early attacks Union forces at Cedar Creek, Va.; the Union troops are able to rally and defeat the Confederates.

1936: H.R. Ekins of the New York World-Telegram beats Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of The New York Times in a round-the-world race on commercial flights that lasts 181/2 days.

1944: The play “I Remember Mama,” by John van Druten, opens at the Music Box Theater on Broadway.

1951: President Harry S. Truman signs an act formally ending the state of war with Germany.

1960: The United States begins a limited embargo against Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.

1977: The supersonic Concorde makes its first landing in New York City.

1982: Automaker John Z. DeLorean is arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles, accused of conspiring to sell $24 million of cocaine to salvage his business. (DeLorean is acquitted at trial on grounds of entrapment.)

1987: The stock market crashes as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunges 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, to close at 1,738.74.


1988: Mahoning County Prosecutor Gary Van Brocklin turns down an invitation to appear with his opponent, James Philomena, at the North Side Citizens’ Coalition forum saying he has too much work to do to participate in such campaign events.

Kitty Dukakis, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, says at the Youngstown Municipal Airport that Democratic policies will help struggling cities like Youngstown.

St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center enters the age of organ transplantation with a kidney transplant performed on a 55-year-old Farrell man.

1973: At the Youngstown Area United Appeal’s third campaign report, committees report pledges totaling $915,929, nearly half of the $1.9 million goal.

General Motors Assembly Division’s van plant at Lordstown is forced to close as absenteeism hits 50 percent. Continued operation of the Vega line is “problematic,” says John Grix, public relations coordinator.

Louise Williams Argetsinger, 86, a leader long associated with betterment of the Youngstown community and widow of Atty. J. Cameron Argetsinger, counsel for Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., dies in Schuyler Hospital, Monour Falls, N.Y.

1963: The mercury reaches a record high of 80 for the date in Youngstown. The threat of fire continues during the drought, with Youngstown registering 19 grass fires in a day.

Hugh Wick Bonnell of Cranberry Run Farm, Warner Road, a civic leader and well known cattle breeder, dies at the age of 83.

A runaway tank truck carrying 5,000 gallons of fuel oil crashes into the home of the Cecil Berry family in Berlin Center as six members of the family were watching TV.

1938: Miss Lida F. Baldwin, Rayen School teacher for 34 years, a mathematician of rare ability and writer of prose, dies at the age of 83 at her home at 1616 Glenwood Ave.

Struthers police are seeking a tall light-haired man in connection with the death of Henry W. Fitch, 31-year-old son of a pioneer family, who was shot in his moving car near the Struthers police station.

The National Labor Relations Board orders Republic Steel Corp. to offer reinstatement to 5,000 employees who went on strike in May 1937 and to cease interfering with formation of any labor organizations.

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