Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 344rd day of 2012. There are 22 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1854: Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” is published in England.

1911: An explosion inside the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tenn., kills 84 workers. (Five are rescued.)

1912: Longtime House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill is born in Cambridge, Mass.

1958: The anti-communist John Birch Society is formed in Indianapolis.

1984: The five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claims the lives of two Americans ends as Iranian security men seize control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport.

1987: The first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, begins as riots break out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response.


1987: Four men are charged with arson in a threee-year-old fire that destroyed a home at 370 Sleepy Hollow Drive in Canfield. Police Chief Terry Shidel said the “rather sophisticated” scheme used delayed-reaction chemical tablets to ignite the home.

The Youngstown Revitalization Foundation appoints Charles P. Saulino as its executive director, contingent on city council approving a $63,000 budget for 1988.

The Niles Classroom Teachers Association issues a notice of intent to strike, but Carmen “Tex” Cicero says he still hopes a strike by the city’s 166 teachers can be avoided.

The Patrone brothers are friendly rivals in the Chaney-Ursuline game, won by Chaney, 55-51. Mike Patrone is a Chaney starter and his brother, Jeff, is the sixth man on the Ursuline squad.

1972: Youngstown State University, one of the the major participants in a proposed medical school consortium in Northeastern Ohio is the scene of a rally by 50 people from various segments of the community in support of the facility.

Gov. John J. Gilligan appoints attorneys Frank X. Kryzan and Lloyd R. Haines judges on Youngstown Municipal Court, replacing judges Joseph Donofrio and John J. Leskovyansky.

1962: Hundreds of bags of Christmas parcels are piling up at the Youngstown Post Office because incoming mail trucks have been delayed for three days by a crippling snow storm.

Two important developments in basic steel industry technology — continuous casting and pressure casting — may soon make their debut on a big scale in Youngstown, writes Vindicator Industrial Editor George R. Reiss.

Karen Chain of Hubbard, a junior at Youngstown University, is Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Sweetheart of 1963 at the fraternity’s annual alumni dance.

1937: Frank Purnell, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., presents a seven-point program to set a standard of minimum working conditions from the standpoint of health to the National Association of Manufacturers in New York.

Dr. Howard W. Jones, president of Youngstown College, announces that the board of governors has voted to add intercollegiate football to the 1938 athletic program.

P.L. Strait, secretary of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, recommends that bonds be issued to pay the city’s 10 percent share of a $3 million federal housing project. “Youngstown needs housing, but we cannot get it on nothing,” Strait says.

Youngstown shivers in the coldest temperatures of the season as the mercury drops to 7 degrees, with the possibility of it hitting zero overnight.

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