Today is Friday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2011. There are 15 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1773: The Boston Tea Party takes place as American colonists board a British ship and dump more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.
1811: The first of the powerful New Madrid earthquakes, with an estimated magnitude of 7.7, strikes the central Mississippi Valley. (There were, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, three main shocks in all; the second struck in Jan. 1812 and the third was in Feb. 1812.)
1907: Sixteen U.S. Navy battleships, which come to be known as the “Great White Fleet,” set sail on a 14-month round-the-world voyage to demonstrate American sea power.
1944: The World War II Battle of the Bulge begins as German forces launch a surprise attack against Allied forces in Belgium (the Allies eventually beat the Germans back).
1960: United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collide over New York City, killing 134 people.
1971: Bangladesh wins its nine-month war of liberation against Pakistan.
1991: The U.N. General Assembly rescinds its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.
1986: The Youngstown Civil Service Commission will issue a position paper concerning the residency requirements for city employees.
Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Mitchell F. Shaker orders Hubbard Treasurer Daniel Madeline to provide the pay increase that City Council authorized for Auditor Phyllis Hamilton.
1971: A history-making Mahoning County grand jury returns 177 indictments for narcotics violations against 57 men and women.
Ronald Carabbia, 39, of Poland Township, and a 42-year-old Erie man are arrested in Aliquippa, Pa., following the burglary of the Oliker Clothing Store.
1961: A Lake Erie-Ohio River canal would sharply cut steel costs for Pittsburgh, a study group says, possibly allowing it to overtake Chicago as the nation’s top steel producer. Youngstown production costs would be cut even more.
William J. Gutknecht Sr., vice chairman of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, breaks ground for a $1.5 million low-income housing development in Campbell.
Dr. Daniel Specht of the state Department of Health is visiting nearly 10,000 pupils at 189 Youngstown parochial schools, teaching them the proper way to brush their teeth.
1936: Atty. H.H. Hull, county Republican leader and unsuccessful candidate for common pleas judge, is appointed first assistant county prosecutor by William A. Ambrose, Democratic prosecutor-elect.
Thirteen-year-old John Burns of 155 Kenmore Ave. withdraws $1.50 from his Christmas account and goes on an adventure to Cleveland, on a $1.20 bus ticket, uses one of his remaining dimes to win $10 from a bus station slot machine, is robbed by three older boys and spends the night in the juvenile detention hall waiting for his parents to fetch him.
A local man, M. Gilbert Miller, is employed by the Girard Board of Education to design the new Summit School.