Years Ago

Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1906: President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

1931: Jane Addams becomes the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; the co-recipient is Nicholas Murray Butler.

1948: The U.N. General Assembly adopts its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

1950: Ralph J. Bunche is the first black American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

1962: “Lawrence of Arabia,” David Lean’s epic film starring Peter O’Toole as British military officer T.E. Lawrence, has its royal gala premiere in London, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in attendance.

ÔøΩ1964: Martin Luther King Jr. receives his Nobel Peace Prize.

1972: Baseball’s American League adopts the designated hitter rule on an experimental basis for three years.


1987: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge William G. Houser overrules County Prosecutor Gary L. VanBrocklin’s request for a mistrial after Atty. Edward A. Sowinski, defense attorney for accused cop killer William T. Dawson, questions a sheriff’s deputy about whether the personal effects of slain Patrolman Paul Durkin contained a scale typically used in drug dealing.

1972: Mahoning County Welfare Department’s case load reaches 9,710 cases with 20,597 people during November, an increase of 12 percent over the same month in 1971.

Junior Dan Zarlingo of Lowellville High is named to the 1st team of the United Press International All-Ohio football squad. Named to the second team were Jerold Donatelli of Lowellville, Bob McClary of McDonald and Jake Whiteleather of Jackson-Milton.

1962: Veterans and their beneficiaries who were waiting for several hours outside the local office of Veterans Affairs at the Youngstown main post office are outspoken in their criticism of the announced closing of the local VA office.

Advertisement: Capitol record sale at McKelvey’s: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jackie Gleason, the Lettermen, Andy Griffith, Guy Lombardo and Nat King Cole albums from $2.77 to $4.77. Special on “This is Sinatra,” volume 2, $1.97 stereo, $1.47 hi-fi.

1937: Henry Cowden, 40-year-old member of one of Mahoning County’s best known pioneer families shoots and kills his 35-year-old wife, Ann, at their Coitsville home and shoots himself in the head, but survives.

Sisters Pearl and Frances Marie Robison undergo appendectomies one after the other at North Side Hospital. Marie Frances, 17, had appendicitis for some time and when Pearl, 28, suffered an acute attack, she refused an operation unless her sister had one too.

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