Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2013. There are 62 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1885: Poet Ezra Pound is born in Hailey, Idaho.

1893: The U.S. Senate gives final congressional approval to repealing the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.

1912: Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, dies six days before Election Day. (Sherman is replaced with Nicholas Murray Butler, but Taft, the Republican candidate, ends up losing in an Electoral College landslide to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.)

1921: The silent film classic “The Sheik,” starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles.

1938: The radio play “The War of the Worlds,” starring Orson Welles, airs on CBS. (The live drama, which employed fake breaking news reports, panicked some listeners who thought the portrayal of a Martian invasion was real.)

1944: The Martha Graham ballet “Appalachian Spring,” with music by Aaron Copland, premieres at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with Graham in a leading role.


1988: Dr. William C. Binning, Mahoning County Republican Party chairman, is expressing cautious optimism about Vice President George Bush’s possible carrying of the Mahoning Valley over Gov. Michael Dukakis in the presidential race.

Walter Pyle, treasurer of Youngstown City School District, says failure of a 14.5-mill levy on the November ballot would plunge the district into its worst financial crisis in history.

More than 1,500 new and used dolls will be sold by Goodwill Industries at its 20th annual “Dolly Holiday Sale” at the Belmont Avenue store. .

1973: The Youngstown Black Political Assembly endorses Jack C. Hunter, the Republican incumbent, for re-election over his challenger, Anthony B. Flask, a former mayor.

The Rev. Msgr. J. Paul O’Conner, chancellor of the Diocese of Youngs-town, submits his resignation from the active ministry to Bishop James W. Malone, citing his desire to marry.

Pennsylvania state police at Mercer are attempting to learn the identity of seven men and a half-dozen women present during a Breed motorcycle gang initiation ceremony at a Shenango Township farm during which a 20-year-old Indianapolis man was murdered.

1963: The Moyer Co., nationally known maker of Seven Seas slacks for men and women located in Youngstown, is sold to Brookfield Industries of New York City.

Republic Steel Corp. extends vacation benefits and improved insurance programs to salaried workers, similar to those previously granted to union employees. Employees with 15 years of service will receive eight extra weeks of vacation stretched over five years.

WFMJ-TV’s cameras bring Youngstown’s mayoral campaign into area homes with a televised debate between Mayor Harry Savasten and his challenger, council President Anthony B. Flask.

1938: The Rev. Joseph N. Trainor, dean of Mahoning County Catholic clergy, preaches at the All Souls Day service at Calvary Cemetery.

The G.M. McKelvey Co. will establish a second branch with a department store at 211 Market St. in Warren.

Hundreds of collectors from the Youngstown district and as far away as New York City and Chicago attend the Mahoning Valley Stamp Club’s open house and sale in the Ohio Hotel.

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