Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1783: Gen. George Washington bids farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

1918: President Woodrow Wilson leaves Washington on a trip to France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.

1945: The Senate approves U.S. participation in the United Nations by a vote of 65-7.

1978: San Francisco gets its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein is named to replace the assassinated George Moscone.

1984: A five-day hijack drama begins as four armed men seize a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and force it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers kill American passenger Charles Hegna.

1992: President George H.W. Bush orders American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who are blocking food for starving millions.


1987: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-17th, announces to about 375 people in Columbiana that he has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for president.

Mahoning County Auditor George J. Tablack strays from standard practice in submitting a budget request for 1988 that is 6 percent below what his department received in 1987.

The union representing registered nurses at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital notify the hospital of its intention to strike if it does not have a new contract by Dec. 10.

1972: Henry Guzman is named the first director of the Organization Civice y Cultrual Hispana Americana (OCCHA) in Youngstown, which is funded by a federal grant through the Youngstown Community Action Council.

A crowd of 700 attends an awards banquet for Tony Napolet’s Warren JFK football team. Main speaker is Penn State Coach Joe Paterno.

A citizen’s committee on urban renewal recommends that preliminary applications be prepared for a feasibility study of a $50 million community development project in Youngstown.

1962: Youngstown Law Director Russel G. Mock is asked to rule on the legality of an ordinance that would authorize municipal judges to require traffic-law violators to attend traffic school.

The Youngstown Board of Education adopts an austerity program to cut $500,000 out of the annual budget, a move made necessary by failure of the 2.8 mill levy in November.

Youngstown City Council authorizes the taking of bids for leases for a motel and a gasoline service station, as well as the restaurant and paid parking, at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1937: Frank Wehr, 33-year-old gasoline station attendant runs across busy Mahoning Avenue, his clothes aflame, to the No. 10 fire station, where Engineer Ray Hazel, tackles him and beats out the flames. Wehr was using gasoline to clean the station floor when a spark ignited an explosion.

A youthful red-coated girl bandit flaunting a nickel-plated revolver, helps two young men companions kidnap and rob Walter Koenig of 60 E. Delason Ave.

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