Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2012. There are 20 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1928: Police in Buenos Aires announce they have thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.

1936: Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicates the throne so he can marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.

1941: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States; the U.S. responds in kind.

1961: A U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrives in Saigon — the first direct American military support for South Vietnam’s battle against Communist guerrillas.

1981: Muhammad Ali, 39, fights his final fight, losing by unanimous decision to Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas.


1987: Mayor Patrick Ungaro says he will not pursue membership for city officials in the Youngstown Club after City Council objected, noting that the club has no women or black members.

Jim Tressel, who coached the Youngstown State University Penguins to the NCAA I-AA playoffs, is the guest speaker at the Sons of Thunder football banquet at the Brentford House in Hubbard.

The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission names John M. Cozza, a senior special agent with the Secret Service assigned to Columbus, to head the commission.

1972: Following several incidents at games, Supt. Robert Pegues announces that spectators will be barred from city junior high basketball games for the remainder of the season. The ban applies to students and the public.

Youngstown State University quarterback Ron Jaworski leads the East to a 20-7 win in the first All-Ohio Shrine Bowl at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Two former Youngstown area scholastic gridders, Earl Hargrove and John Saccomen, were on the West team.

1962: Elimination of unnecessary city jobs and the transfer of city rubbish and garbage collection to private contractors is suggested by the three Republican members of Youngstown City Council.

Ten young men and a women are released on $500 bond after being arrested as participants or spectators at drag races near Meander Reservoir.

Mahoning County officials are happy over a new $2 million county nursing home that is ready for occupancy, but are in a quandary about what to do with the old home on Herbert Road.

1937: Henry Cowden, 40, being treated in South Side hospital for a self inflicted gunshot wound, tells a Youngstown detective that the reason Cowden shot and killed his wife, Ann, is “my own damned business.”

Vindicator Columnist Esther Hamilton’s “Alias Santa Claus Show” is a big-time Vaudeville event at Stambaugh Auditorium, earning a record $3,500 to help the area’s needy at Christmas time.

In one of the most peaceful executive committee meetings in the history of Mahoning County Democratic politics, Fred Shutrump is unanimously re-elected party chairman.

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