Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, the 341st day of 2012. There are 25 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1907: The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurs as 362 men and boys die in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.

1922: The Anglo-Irish Treaty, which established the Irish Free State, comes into force one year to the day after it was signed in London.

1957: America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit fails as Vanguard TV3 rises about 4 feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing down and exploding.

1962: Thirty-seven coal miners are killed in an explosion at the Robena No. 3 Mine operated by U.S. Steel in Carmichaels, Pa.

1989: Fourteen women are shot to death at the University of Montreal’s school of engineering by a man who then takes his own life.


1987: Boardman High School’s Spartans fall, 14-7, to Cincinnati Princeton in the state Division I championship football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Mahoning County Sheriff Edward P. Nemeth says he will seek a fourth four-year term.

President Reagan is being harshly criticized by conservatives who say he gave in to Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev by agreeing to a treaty banning medium-range missiles. U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., said he was “appalled.”

1972: Mahoning County Auditor Stephen R. Olenick signs a $725,000 contract with Cole, Layer, Trumble Co. of Dayton to reappraise Mahoning County‘s 161,000 parcels of land.

Ernest C. Hall, 82, internationally known pioneer aviator of Warren, dies of a heart attack at St. Joseph Hospital. He had continued to operate his flying school, which he established in 1915.

Warren City Council passes an ordinance setting new ward boundaries, giving each ward about 8,000 residents. The 8th Ward had grown to a population of about 13,000.

1962: Mahoning County Prosecutor Thomas A. Beil, who suffered a stroke March 15, 1962, confirms that he will resign for health reasons. Beil had continued to come to the office for much of that time, but suffered a relapse in August.

The FBI joins a search for two masked bandits who robbed the Youngstown Road Branch of the Second National Bank, escaping with $16,936.

A box of 67 sticks of low-power dynamite is found dumped in front of a billboard near the Center Street Bridge.

1937: James M. Costello, the town of Lisbon’s “Rockefeller,” plays Santa Claus, distributing checks of $5,000 each to 21 relatives from throughout the United States, some of whom didn’t even know he existed until the checks arrived.

An electrical fire causes $25,000 damage to the five-story Crocerkry City Ice and Products Co.’s brewery in East Liverpool.

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