Almanac: October 15, 2012
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On October 15 in

The seventh and final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Alton, Ill.

1860 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.

1937 The Ernest Hemingway novel To Have and Have Not was first published by Charles Scribner's Sons.

1945 The former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed for treason.

1951 The classic sitcom I Love Lucy premiered on CBS with the episode "The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub."

1969 Peace demonstrators staged activities across the country as part of a "moratorium" against the Vietnam War.

1976 In the first debate of its kind between vice presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole faced off in Houston.

1991 Despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48.

In The Star

Oct. 15, 1937

Following a recent speech in which Chamber of Commerce Secretary Charles F. Varn declared that Annistonians are now realizing that “industry has equal rights with labor and both must be afforded protection,” the Anniston City Council is considering a request from the Chamber for $600 in public funds that will help promote Anniston and Calhoun County. But representatives from unions representing both the A.F. of L. and the C.I.O. protested any kind of allocation at a council meeting last night. “We don’t feel like the city ought to give this money to the Chamber of Commerce for its use,” declared a spokesman from the Molders Union. “The Chamber of Commerce is not a friend of labor. It has never put on a drive to help the working man …” In his speech the day before, Secretary Varn had alluded to the recent exodus of the Lengel-Fencil hosiery plant, allegedly due to union concerns.

Also this date: The Anniston City Council received a report last night from the city jail stating that last month, 3,593 meals were served for a total cost of $317.99. (Doing the math, that’s almost but not quite nine cents per meal.)

Oct. 15, 1987

Anheuser-Busch has dropped Anniston and Gadsden from the list of potential sites for a new brewery. Barry Baracha, vice president and group executive for Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., said the company has eliminated the two sites from consideration after careful study. Only Chattanooga, Tenn., and Cartersville, Ga., remain as potential sites for the $300 million brewery, which is expected to create 500 jobs. According to F. Michael Gaymon, president of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the company dropped Anniston and Gadsden because of transportation problems. Gaymon said he learned of the decision this morning from a phone call from Jack Stein, Anheuser-Busch's director of environmental engineering.

Also this date: Some people are calling it a historic event, but James Dunn sees his role as the first black Calhoun County Commission chairman in a more subdued light. “I think of it in terms of a job that's got to be done,'' says Dunn, who in four days will begin his nine-month stint as chairman under the guidelines established by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. But Dunn admits he is excited by the prospect of having the opportunity to serve and break ground for blacks in Calhoun County. It hit him last week, after he saw a letter by outgoing chairman Charlie Fuller announcing a ceremony marking Dunn's start as chairman. “I knew this was coming, but when I saw that,” he says, “the adrenaline kind of picked up.”

Additionally: The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department yesterday opened a half-mile walking trail at its Henry Farm facility. The wooded trail is the fruit of a $2,000 gift from the Kiwanis Club.
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