Today is Thursday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2016. There are 72 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1976: Seventy-eight people are killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta rams the commuter ferry George Prince on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

1714: The coronation of Britain’s King George I takes place in Westminster Abbey.

1803: The U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.

1936: Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy, dies in Forest Hills, N.Y., at age 70.

1944: A series of gas storage tank explosions and fires in Cleveland kills 130 people.

1964: The 31st president of the United States, Herbert C. Hoover, dies in New York at 90.

1968: Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

1973: In the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox is dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resign.

2006: Actress Jane Wyatt, perhaps best remembered as Margaret Anderson on “Father Knows Best,” dies in Los Angeles at age 96.

2011: Moammar Gadhafi, 69, Libya’s dictator for 42 years, is killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelm his hometown of Sirte (SURT) and capture the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.


1991: A Managing for the Future Task Force appointed by the Ohio Board of Regents hopes to find ways to make Youngstown State University more efficient in light of the school’s budget problems. Six members are YSU employees and six are from the public sector: Peter A. Fetterolf, Barbara Schwebel, William G. Mittler, Edgar Giddens, Charles J. McCrudden Jr. and Robert Pegues Jr.

Opposition is growing in East Liverpool against the Waste Technologies Industries incinerator being built along the Ohio River.

The Youngstown State Penguins lose to Liberty University, 10-8, before 12,876 fans at Stambaugh Stadium. It’s the team’s second loss, dropping the season record to 4-3.

1976: The Mahoning County Swine Flu vaccine committee lifts its moratorium, and private physicians will resume administering vaccine to high-risk people, says Dr. Kurt Wegner, project chairman.

Efforts to find federal funds to to build a new $4 million elementary school are dropped by the Campbell Board of Education in favor of remodeling the high school.

The Youngstown Steel Door Co. will become part of Lamson & Session Co. of Cleveland under an agreement that provides for payment of $17 per share for all common stock not already held by the parent company.

1966: Esther Hamilton, popular Vindicator columnist, is honored at a testimonial dinner given by the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Club at the Mural Ballroom. Esther was honored for 45 years of community service.

The waters of Lake Latonka, part of a $2 million private recreation and housing development northeast of Mercer, broke through the earthwork dam, flooding parts of three townships and a major highway.

An additional 21,921 visitors tour the new General Motors plant in Lordstown, marveling at the plant’s efficiency, which poured out more than 500 Chevrolets.

1941: Frank Sinkwich of Youngstown leads a University of Georgia football team to a 7-3 triumph over Columbia, previously unbeaten. Frank, broken jaw and all, lived up to his press notices, handling all nine plays in a 45-yard touchdown drive.

Youngstown City Council approves pay raises of $15 per month for police officers and firefighters and $10 for other municipal workers.

Joe Kaminski rolls a 633 set, including a 256 game, for a high total in the Vindicator League at the Struthers Bowling Center.