Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Sept. 28, the 271th day of 2013. There are 94 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1066: William the Conqueror invades England to claim the English throne.

1542: Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrives at present-day San Diego.

1781: American forces in the Revolutionary War, backed by a French fleet, begin their successful siege of Yorktown, Va.

1787: The Congress of the Confederation votes to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.

1850: Flogging is abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.

1920: Eight members of the Chicago White Sox are indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in what becomes known as the “Black Sox” scandal. Despite initial confessions by several of the players, all are acquitted at trial; still, all eight are banned from baseball for life.

1924: Two U.S. Army planes land in Seattle, having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.

1939: During World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a treaty calling for the partitioning of Poland, which the two countries had invaded.

1960: Ted Williams hits a home run in his last career at-bat as his team, the Boston Red Sox, defeats the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 at Fenway Park.

1989: Deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos dies in exile in Hawaii at age 72.

1991: Jazz great Miles Davis dies in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 65.

2001: President George W. Bush tells reporters the United States is in “hot pursuit” of terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks.


1988: The 1st Ward Democratic precinct committeewoman is selected to fill the unexpired Niles City Council term of Christopher Doutt, who resigned.

Two former Youngstown men, Thomas E. McGunigal, 51, and Rafiq Ahmed, 24, both graduates of Ursuline High School, are involved in the launch of the rebuilt space shuttle Discovery.

Youngstown police will open substations in two crime-ridden housing projects, Kimmel Brook Homes and Westlake Terrace apartments.

1973: Municipal Judge Lloyd Haynes says the purpose of bail bond is to assure the appearance of an accused man at court proceedings, as he reacts to criticism aimed at the courts over Theotis Jackson, 25, who is accused of three robberies and a murder allegedly committed while he was free on bail.

T. Herbert Thomas of Geneva-on-the-Lake, former Trumbull County sheriff from 1953 to 1961, dies of a heart attack at Geneva Memorial Hospital.

A stolen flashlight stuck in the “on” position in a 14-year-old Austintown boy’s rear pocket leads police to his easy capture; they had only to follow the bobbing light as the youth fled through rear yards.

1963: Margaret Linton, 44, wife of Youngstown funeral director Amos Linton, is knocked down by a hit and run driver as she stood beside her car near McGuffey Center on Jacobs Road. Hugh Frost, director of the center, chased and captured the 23-year-old driver.

Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies launch an intensive search for a 1957 car that struck and killed Marilyn Harrison, 18, of Warren as she crossed Route 422 on her way to work at the Town and Country Motel.

Ohio Bell Telephone Co. records will be subpoenaed to determine who called Cincinnati football coach Bron Bracevich, offering to provide him with the Niles McKinley football team’s plays. Bracevich called Niles Coach Tony Mason to report receiving the call.

1938: The city of Niles purchases a new, streamlined fire truck for $13,000.

More than 15,000 people line Federal Street and Wick Avenue to watch one of the largest and most colorful parades in Youngstown in recent years as 1,500 delegates of the Knights of Pythias march to the music of 21 bands.

Brilliant northern lights are visible in Youngstown, giving many their first sight of the thrilling spectacle.

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