Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2012. There are 30 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1824: The presidential election is turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock develops between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ends up the winner.)

1921: The Navy flies the first nonrigid dirigible to use helium; the C-7 travels from Hampton Roads, Va., to Washington, D.C.

1942: Nationwide gasoline rationing goes into effect in the United States.

1955: Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, is arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus; the incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.

1973: David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, dies in Tel Aviv at age 87.


1987: The New Avanti Motor Corp. is under fire from two parties who claim its anti-union stance violates federal laws.

Youngstown State University suffers a disappointing defeat, 31-28, to Northern Iowa but Coach Jim Tressel and several of his Penguin players are anticipating bigger and better things to come based on a strong season.

1972: Dr. Carl H. Madden, chief economist for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, tells 500 community leaders at the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce banquet that, “big business must perform a social duty as well as private tasks, in spite of the profit cost.”

Inmates in the Mahoning County jail will lose a privilege — telephone service from the cell block — because, says Sheriff Ray T. Davis, a few prisoners managed to make long distance calls on a system that was supposed to allow only local calls.

1962: Ronald L. Mariarcher, 5, of R.D. 6, Mercer, is killed when struck by an automobile while crossing Route 189 to enter a school bus. The 79-year-old woman driving the car is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Mahoning County Sheriff Ray T. Davis calls a meeting of all police chiefs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to exchange information on crime conditions that might be tied to the Cavallaro bombing.

U.S. Steel Corp. lights its eighth open hearth furnace, bringing Youngstown district steel operations to 47 percent.

1937: Three Niles youths are arrested in Lancaster, Ohio, after a wild chase that reached 80 mph following the theft of a mail sack from the Erie Railroad Station. Police believe the arrests may lead to solving a $30,000 mail sack robber in Niles in February.

“Cosi fan tutte,” a comic opera written by Mozart, is performed by the Salzburg Opera Guild at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Youngstown councilmen Arthur Gundry and William A. Carney form a committee to investigate complaints that the police department has discriminated against certain groups in their gambling raids.

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