Area history, Oct. 13, 2017

Area history, Oct. 13, 2017

Today is Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, former President William Howard Taft attacked pacifists in a speech in Chicago. "While we may sympathize with the sorrowful feelings of our loyal fellow citizens of German antecedents, how detestable is the attitude of those with no such traditional and family ties," he said. "It may be that they are able, under our careful guarding of individual rights of free speech, to escape penalties for what is in spirit treason, but let us hope that they remain forever embalmed in the amber of the just contempt of the American people."

In 1967, in the World Series that the St. Louis Cardinals took from the Boston Red Sox, none of the Cardinals accomplished more than pitcher Bob Gibson. He pitched in three of the seven games, totaling 27 innings, three runs and 14 hits. He won all three games he pitched and took home a sports car for winning the most valuable player award.

In 2002, since being crowned Miss America, Erika Harold had been on "Late Show with David Letterman"; had been interviewed by Diane Sawyer; and had met with national and world leaders. But she said the most exciting thing she had done so far was come home. "Part of the joy of winning something like this is celebrating it with everyone who knew you when you were a nobody," she said. Harold, who grew up in Urbana and graduated in 2001 from the University of Illinois, returned home for the first time since winning the pageant. While here, she had breakfast at UI President James and Joan Stukels' home, sang the national anthem at Memorial Stadium with the UI Varsity Men's Glee Club and spent the evening with 425 relatives, friends, neighbors and well-wishers at a homecoming dinner at the Hawthorn Suites.

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