Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2012.
On this day in 1983, 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers were killed after a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with 2,200 pounds of explosives into an U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. A few minutes later, a second bomber drove into the basement of the nearby French paratroopers’ barracks, killing 58 more people.
It would not be for another 70 years before they would get the right to vote but on this day in 1850 the first National Women's Rights Convention was held in Worcester. Topics on their agenda included equal wages, expanded education and career opportunities, women's property rights, marriage reform and temperance.
And on this day in 2008 it was one of the worst days ever for stock markets around the world. In what has become known as “Bloody Friday,” many markets experienced their worst declines ever.
Today's birthdays include – soccer great Pele (1940); local football star Doug Flutie (1962); and comedian Weird Al Yankovic (1959).
1. The Westborough Police Department is urging those who may consider “taking” a political sign that is posted somewhere in town to not do so. Because if you are caught, they stress, you will be charged with larceny.
2.? The American Red Cross will be holding two local blood drives on Thursday, Oct. 25.
3. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the town of Shrewsbury will be holding a flu clinic for its senior residents and its town employees at the Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave.
4.? A vigil to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence and to raise awareness for issues of domestic violence will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., on the Shrewsbury town common, at the intersection of Main Street and Route 140.
5. Friday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Southborough Youth and Family Services will hold a Halloween Party in the Mary Finn School cafeteria. The party is for kids under 12 and their families, and includes games, arts and crafts, face painting, and treats.
6. Hudson High School's Fall Musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”?will be presented Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28.