Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1835: The first battle of the Texas Revolution takes place as American settlers fight Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans end up withdrawing.

1889: The first International Conference of American States convenes in Washington, D.C.

1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffers a serious stroke at the White House that leaves him paralyzed on his left side.

1939: The Benny Goodman Sextet (which includes Lionel Hampton) makes their first recording, “Flying Home,” for Columbia.

1944: German troops crush the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.

1950: The comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Charles M. Schulz, is syndicated to seven newspapers.

1958: The former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaims its independence.

1967: Thurgood Marshall is sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opens its new term.

1970: One of two chartered twin-engine planes flying the Wichita State University football team to Utah crashes into a mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado, killing 31 of the 40 people on board.

1984: Richard W. Miller becomes the first FBI agent to be arrested and charged with espionage. (Miller was tried three times; he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but was released after nine years.)

1996: An AeroPeru Boeing 757 crashes into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 61 passengers and nine crew members on board.

2002: The Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks begin, setting off a frantic manhunt lasting three weeks. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were finally arrested for 10 killings and three woundings; Muhammad was executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.)

2004: Suspected separatist rebels begin four days of attacks in India’s Nagaland and Assam states that kill more than 70 people.

2009: The International Olympic Committee, meeting in Copenhagen, chooses Rio de Janeiro to be the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics; Chicago is eliminated in the first round, despite a last-minute in-person appeal by President Barack Obama.

A man accused of stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and secretly videotaping her inside her hotel room is arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. (Michael David Barrett later pleads guilty to interstate stalking and is sentenced to 21/2 years in federal prison.)

Marek Edelman, 90, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis (not to be confused with the above-mentioned 1944 uprising), dies in Warsaw.

2013: President Barack Obama meets privately with congressional leaders at the White House for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending the impasse.


1989: Youngstown Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro, long considered the most viable candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., says he has “no strong desire” for the job.

George P. Lesnansky Sr., a Youngstown school teacher who has hosted the “Happy Polkaland” radio show as “Larry Walk,” says the polka is something like pizza: “You don’t have to be Italian to eat pizza.”

Mahoning County Sheriff Edward P. Nemeth says the county could offset some of the cost of building and running a new jail by contracting with the U.S. Marshals to house 30 to 50 U.S. prisoners under contract.

1974: Maurice Hunt, 20, is in satisfactory condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital with a bullet wound of the leg suffered during a quarrel with an off-duty Youngstown policeman at Victory Field.

Two Youngstown policemen involved in the police burglary ring are sentenced to one to five years in the Ohio Penitentiary by Common Pleas Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt. Ten others get county jail sentences of 30 days to 1 year.

Youngstown gets its first taste of winter with as much as a half - inch of snowfall at the Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1964: Youngstown University’s final registration count for fall classes shows a record of 9,930 students, which is 976 more than a year earlier.

A 25-year-old East Liverpool resident is charged in municipal court with making 292 long-distance phone calls valued at $1,094 and charging them to the numbers of two other Ohio Bell subscribers.

1939: When William Dabney Bowman entered Chaney High School in 1932, he made up his mind to enter Massachusetts Institute of Technology after finishing high school. Three years after graduating from Chaney, Bowman has saved enough by working at the Ohio Works of Carnegie-Illinois Steel to finance his education and has been accepted at MIT.

Martha Terry, 13, is killed when her bicycle is struck by a car at Hillman Street and Dewey Avenue.

Six people are hired by Mahoning County commissioners as clerks and caseworkers at the Mahoning County Relief Administration for WPA and relief investigation work.

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