Years Ago

Today is Friday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2013. There are 67 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1760: Britain’s King George III succeeds his late grandfather, George II.

1854: The “Charge of the Light Brigade” takes place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men, facing hopeless odds, charges the Russian army and suffers heavy losses.

1859: Radical abolitionist John Brown goes on trial in Charles Town, Va., for his failed raid at Harpers Ferry. (Brown is convicted and hanged.)

1910: “America the Beautiful,” with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, is first published.

1912: Country comedian Minnie Pearl is born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, Tenn.

1918: The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia founders off the coast of Alaska; some 350 people perish.

1929: Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall is convicted in Washington, D.C., of accepting a $100,000 bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall is sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ends up serving nine months.)

1945: Taiwan becomes independent of Japanese colonial rule.

1957: Mob boss Albert Anastasia of “Murder Inc.” notoriety is shot to death in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.


1988: A small group of Poland Village residents is waging an ambitious campaign to block a proposed income tax.

The Youngstown Area United Way enters the last week of its campaign to raise $3 million with pledges of $2.2 million, or about 74 percent of its goal.

Boardman Local Schools will lose nearly $60,000 in state aid because business and industry are paying that much more in local taxes to the district, Superintendent Richard Selby tells the board of education.

1973: Youngstown City Council rejects a request by two city policemen that it investigate the behavior of Councilman Herman “Pete” Starks, D-2nd, during a melee at the Chaney-North football game at Rayen stadium.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney, D-19th, announces that he is a co-sponsor of a resolution directing the House judiciary committee to inquire whether there are grounds to impeach President Richard Nixon.

1963: Billy Lieder, 16-year-old Salem High School junior, shoots and kills his father, William F., and then takes his own life at the family’s apartment at 1013 W. Liberty St. just west of the Salem line.

Youngstown’s first United Appeal campaign doesn’t reach its goal of $1.5 million, but leaders are encouraged that they raised $1.4 million, about 92 percent of the target.

1938: Youngstown’s 34- year-old central police station comes under the wrecking ball.

A strong Republican trend in Youngstown’s First Ward is indicated in the first tabulation of Vindicator straw ballots.

Trumbull County will demonstrate its new voting machines at seven centers throughout the county in the days leading up to the November election.

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