Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1492: Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrives in the present-day Bahamas.

1792: The first recorded U.S. celebration of Columbus Day marks the tricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ landing.

1810: The German festival Oktoberfest is first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

1933: Bank robber John Dillinger escapes from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who kill the sheriff, Jess Sarber.

1957: The Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is first published by Random House.

1973: President Richard Nixon nominates House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.

1984: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escapes an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb explodes at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people.

1997: Singer John Denver is killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, Calif.; he was 53.

2007: Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change win the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming.


1992: A fundraiser to save the Blue Streak roller coaster at Conneaut Lake Park raises $1,200 toward the estimated $200,000 that will be needed to keep the famous coaster from being dismantled.

The Austintown Growth Foundation honors Lawrence E. Snell, Fernando Riccioni and Georgia R. Grimm.

A 29-year-old Youngstown woman, Kathleen Kather, who was driving with a gunshot wound of the arm, dies after her car crashes into the Hollywood Hairdressers building on Belmont Avenue.

1977: Youngstown will receive $5.8 million in Community Development funds in 1978, a 70 percent increase over what was received in 1977.

The Ohio Board of Control approves the diversion of $187,829 to the Youngstown Hospital Association for its projected 20-bed acute care psychiatric facility for children and adolescents at Tod Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Donald W. McGowan, president of the Dollar Savings & Trust Co., announces that the company will open its 19th branch, an office in Columbiana.

1967: Violence erupts at the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. when striking steel haulers confront the driver of an empty truck leaving the plant.

Youngstown Mayor Anthony Flask says The Vindicator’s plan to build a new production plant on West Front Street is the greatest development in downtown in the last 100 years.

Sixty-six acres north of the proposed Kent State University campus in Champion Township will be turned into a park if Trumbull County commissioners can get federal funds for the project.

1942: Three players, including All-American Frank Sinkwich of Youngstown, share the lead among the nation’s scorers as the college football season nears the halfway point.

“Wild Bill” Hickock will ride across the silver screen at the Warner Theater to collect tin cans for the war effort and to entertain Youngstown boys and girls. Admission is 10 tin cans properly prepared.

Dr. Don P. Montgomery, pastor of Pleasant Grove U.P. Church, suggests a holiday be called so everyone can gather scrap needed for war production.

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