21 WFMJ archives / October 25, 1942 | Federal, state, and local dignitaries joined a well-dressed crowd estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 for the dedication of the Berlin Dam 81 years ago. Mary Louise Kachmer, a 16-year-old Chaney High student, christened the dam by breaking a bottle of champagne on a railing. 

October 30

1998: The space shuttle Discovery blasts off and enters orbit with seven astronauts aboard, including 77-year-old U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio. 

A 15-year-old East Liverpool girl will be held in a juvenile facility at least until next year for the January stabbing death of her stepfather.

Lee Fisher, the Democratic candidate for governor, accepts an endorsement from U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. while pledging to consider Mahoning Valley residents for his cabinet and to bring more state jobs to the valley. 

1983: Star Technologies Inc. of Sharon, which had earnings of about $3 million designing software and building computers, expects to quadruple that after merging with Microtech Business Systems of Costa Mesa, Calif. 

Dr. George D. Beelen, chairman of the History Department at Youngstown State University, says President Ronald Reagan's approval of a U.S. invasion of Grenada could foreshadow a "big stick" foreign policy that would include a more ambitious assault on Nicaragua.

Charles R. Green of Warren is elected national vice president of the American Legion, the first Trumbull County veteran to rise to the top ranks of the veterans organization. He was also recently elected president of the Trumbull County Giddings Republican Club. 

1973: The Youngstown Black Political Assembly endorses Republican Mayor Jack C. Hunter for re-election.

Production resumes at Eljer Co. in Salem, ending a five-week strike by 525 plumbing ware workers.

1948: One of the worst fogs in recent years continues in Youngstown, delaying buses, causing flight delays, and bringing traffic to a crawl. 

The Dutch Elm Disease Committee asks Youngstown City Council for $5,000 to try to save elm trees in the city.

Mayor Charles P. Henderson asks Youngstown churches to ring their bells every hour on Election Day to remind citizens to get out and vote.