Today is Wednesday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2017. There are 74 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1685: King Louis XIV signs the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that had established legal toleration of France’s Protestant population, the Huguenots.

1767: The Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, is established as astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey.

1892: The first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago opens (it could only handle one call at a time).

1931: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.

1954: Texas Instruments unveils the Regency TR-1, the first commercially produced transistor radio.

1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published.

1982: Former first lady Bess Truman dies at her home in Independence, Mo., at age 97.

2012: In a case that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rules that a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.


1992: In man-on-the-street interviews, Youngstown area residents say the economy, job security, heath insurance, education and the national debt are the top concerns in the presidential election between George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot.

The Youngstown State University Penguins lose their second game of the season to the Northeastern University Huskies, 28-23.

Bertram de Souza, veteran politics writer for The Vindicator, is promoted to the position of editorial writer. Mark Niquette, a general assignment reporter, will be the politics writer.

1977: The Health Systems Agency of Southwestern Pennsylvania recommends a 9.3 percent reduction in hospital beds in Beaver-Butler-Lawrence counties, from 1,299 beds to 1,178.

While steel imports continue to threaten the domestic industry, Great Lakes commercial interests are urging a reduction of tolls on steel and iron shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Austintown Board of Education passes a resolution opposing proposed federal legislation that would require all public employees to be part of the Social Security system.

1967: A plan to build a $500 million international trade center at the Ravenna Arsenal is being pursued by a Northeast Ohio development committee.

Carl Wolter, managing director of the Credit Bureau of Youngstown, head of the Downtown Board of Trade, and longtime leader in many local merchant and credit associations, dies at North Side Hospital.

Youngstown State University takes steps to insure itself a leading position in the competition for a medical school to serve Northeastern Ohio.

1942: Eastern Ohioans will get their only chance for the duration of the war to see the new Berlin Dam, which will impound water in a $6.5 million reservoir to supply water to Youngstown industry.

The Jungle Inn, gambling den in Trumbull County, is closed for the duration of the war to save gasoline and tires. Owners say it is their contribution to the war effort.

In spite of seemingly conflicting reports from national and state selective-service heads, married men without children will not be called by Ohio boards.

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