Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2013. There are 97 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Isthmus of Panama and sights the Pacific Ocean.

1690: One of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, publishes its first — and last — edition in Boston.

1775: American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen is captured by the British as he leads an attack on Montreal. Allen is released by the British in 1778.

1789: The first United States Congress adopts 12 amendments to the Constitution and sends them to the states for ratification. Ten of the amendments become the Bill of Rights.

1904: A New York City police officer orders a female automobile passenger on Fifth Avenue to stop smoking a cigarette. A male companion is arrested and later fined $2 for “abusing” the officer.

1919: President Woodrow Wilson collapses after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

1932: The Spanish region of Catalonia receives a Charter of Autonomy. However, the charter is revoked by Francisco Franco at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

1957: Nine black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds are escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.


1988: Trumbull County commissioners say they will offer a revenue-generating plan for Youngstown Muni-cipal Airport to counter talk of a levy to raise start-up money for a port authority.

Cleveland Mayor George V. Voinovich speaks at the 101st Annual Giddings Republican Club Banquet at the W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren.

1973: Former Youngs-town Police Chief William R. Golden, 76, dies an hour after being admitted to North Side Hospital.

Katherine Giddens, secretary to Mahoning County Sheriff Ray T. Davis, is named chairman of the NAACP’s 1973 Freedom Fund committee.

1963: Thieves make off with $3,500 in cash, jewelry and bonds from the home of Frank Vasko at 1020 Ford Ave.

Charles Higgins, 36, a former professional boxer, pleads not guilty to manslaughter before Municipal Court Judge Don Hanni in the death of a 21-year-old man who took a parking space from Higgins and is released on $2,500 bond.

1938: The Poland Country Club, Mahoning County’s only “big time” wagering spot, is closed again by Sheriff Ralph E. Elser after being open for several weeks.

A stubborn Woodrow Wilson team throws a scare into Ursuline High before falling to the Irish, 7-6, at South Field.

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