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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Today is Saturday, Oct. 22, the 296th day of 2016. There are 70 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1797: French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.

1836: Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.

1926: Ernest Hemingway’s first novel, “The Sun Also Rises,” is published by Scribner’s of New York.

1934: Bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.

1962: In a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy reveals the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announces a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.

1991: The European Community and the European Free Trade Association conclude a landmark accord to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by 1993.

2015: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton battles Republican questions in a marathon hearing that reveals little new about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.


1991: Sixty firefighters from eight area departments battle a blaze that destroyed the former R. Thomas Pottery building on East Washington Street in Lisbon.

Sister Patricia McNicholas, general superior of the Ursuline Sisters, says upscale homes are being built on the south side of Shield’s Road on land that has Youngstown water, but the sisters cannot sell 50 acres owned on the north side because they can’t get a tap-in.

Speaking at the Special Lecture Series at Youngstown State University, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop under Ronald Reagan, says health insurance premiums for 160 million Americans more than doubled between 1984 and 1989, and there is no solution in sight.

1976: The Youngstown Civil Service Commission plans to conduct competitive examinations for the eight city council aide jobs usually held by the wives of city councilmen.

The Ohio Rail Transportation Authority has preliminary plans for a commuter or passenger rail connection from Youngstown through Cleveland and Toledo.

U.S. Sen. Robert A. Taft Jr. campaigns among workers of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. at the Stop 14 Gate in Struthers.

1966: Marine Lance Cpl. John Burns of Southern Boulevard is killed by an enemy land mine during combat in Vietnam.

Theodore C. Sorenson, special counsel to the late President John F. Kennedy tells 1,800 people at Stambaugh Auditorium that JFK “left behind a legacy of hope richer and more lasting than any monument or memorial to his name.”

The proposed children’s zoo that would be sponsored by the Junior League of Youngstown gets an enthusiastic endorsement from the Youngstown Humane Society.

1941: Youngstown Mayor William Spagnola, saying he highly disapproves of allowing beer parlors in residential areas, vetoes council legislation that would change the zoning on the West Side to allow the moving of a tavern.

Atty. Albert Oldham shows slides of famous and strange patents to fellow Rotarians at the Hotel Ohio.

Atty. Murray Nadler is re-elected president of Anshe Emeth Temple. Other officers are Sigmund Yarmy, Morris Ungar and Samuel D. Shapiro.