Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2013. There are 70 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1746: Princeton University is first chartered as the College of New Jersey.

1797: French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.

1811: Composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt is born in the Hungarian town of Raiding in present-day Austria.

1836: Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.

1883: The original Metropolitan Opera House in New York holds its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s “Faust.”

1928: Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover speaks of the “American system of rugged individualism” in a speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

1934: Bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio, in Columbiana County.

1962: President John F. Kennedy delivers a nationally broadcast address in which he publicly reveals the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announces a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.

1968: Apollo 7 returns safely from Earth orbit, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.

1979: The U.S. government allows the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitates the Iran hostage crisis.

1981: The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization is decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.

1986: President Ronald Reagan signs into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.


1988: Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste, in Youngstown for a dinner honoring Nathan Monus as “Mahoning Valley Man of the Year,” concedes that Vice President George Bush has a significant lead over Democrat Michael Dukakis, but the race is closer than analysts say.

Ohltown United Methodist Church, the only structure left standing in the former Ohltown section of Mahoning County after Meander Reservoir was created, celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Director Amin Q. Chaudhri is filming “An Unremarkable Life,” starring Shelley Winters, Patricia Neal and Mako, in the Shenango Valley.

1973: Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter says city police will comb through films of a fight at the Chaney-North game and anyone who was on the field illegally and assaulted a coach, referee, player or fan will be prosecuted.

Dr. Frank J. Veres, D.O., chief of staff at Warren General Hospital, is named vice president of the Council of Medical Staffs, a national professional organization.

U.S. Sen. Harrison Williams of New Jersey is the main speaker at a $50-a-plate fund-raising dinner for the Mahoning County Democratic Party held at the Maronite Center.

1963: Two unmasked bandits enter the Brownlee Woods home of Struthers barber Faustino D’Ecrole, tie up D’Ecrole, his wife and son and take $200 in cash and $1,000 in U.S. Savings bonds.

Eleven-year-old John Kovacs of Vestal Road is in fair condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital with burns suffered when a spark ignited lighter fluid while he was filling a cigarette lighter.

A truck loaded with 27 steers overturns on the Ohio Turnpike near the Warren Interchange and it takes state patrolmen 10 hours to corral them, some of which wandered three miles from the accident scene.

1938: The firing of Peter Corll as head of the sales tax division in Mahoning County has widened the political rift between Corll, who is chairman of the Democratic central committee, and Fred Shutrump, the chairman of the Democratic executive committee.

Ground is broken for a two-room addition to John White School, the first project in Youngstown’s proposed $2.7 million, 15-project expansion.

A Chicago jury acquits Ralph Sikora, 31, of murder in the shooting death a man who stole his wife’s affection, saying Sikora acted in a way that protects the American family.

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