Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, the 347th day of 2012. There are 19 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1787: Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1870: Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
1917: Father Edward Flanagan founds Boys Town near Omaha, Neb.
1925: The first motel — the Motel Inn — opens in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
1937: Japanese aircraft sink the U.S. gunboat Panay on China’s Yangtze River. (Japan apologizes, and pays $2.2 million in reparations.)
1946: A U.N. committee votes to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of the U.N.’s headquarters.
1985: Two hundred and forty-eight American soldiers and eight crew members are killed when an Arrow Air charter crashes after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
2000: George W. Bush is transformed into the president-elect as a divided U.S. Supreme Court reverses a state court decision for recounts in Florida’s contested election.
1987: The Ohio State Patrol, assisted by other agencies, cites 43 people for drunken driving in the Mahoning Valley during its “D-Day on Trafficways” enforcement program on a Friday night.
The Youngstown NAACP and the Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance ask for a mistrial in the murder trial of William T. Dawson Jr., saying the black defendant accused of killing a police officer cannot be judged fairly by an all-white jury.
1972: Columbiana County deputies are dragging Little Beaver Creek near Lisbon on the conjecture that Dwight “Dike” Beede, retired football coach at Youngstown State University, may have fallen in and drowned.
Leo J. Kollay, Stephen King and Larry Tooker are honored for their service to the Youngstown community and the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown at the club’s banquet at Caf 422 near Warren.
1962: A former Youngs-town man and his bride of two months are killed when their stalled car is struck by a semitrailer truck on the Ohio Turnpike just west of the Warren interchange. Dead are James E. Mura, 21, and Lucia, 18, who were returning to their home in Stow after visiting his parents in Youngstown.
Three Youngstown pharmacists are arrested by city police, charged with purchasing dangerous drugs from a former employee of Woodside Receiving Hospital.
A record low temperature of five below zero is registered at the Youngstown Municipal Airport and 14 below at the Salem sewage treatment plant.
1937: Campbell police are looking for a thief who walked into city hall, picked up the police blotter and fled. Three young men who were recently arrested are suspected, but police say that if they were looking to destroy their arrest record they failed; there is a duplicate.
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. and Republic Steel Corp. are distributing a “Christmas bonus” of $500,000 in deferred vacation money.