Years Ago

Today is Friday, Dec. 14, the 349th day of 2012. There are 17 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1799: The first president of the United States, George Washington, dies at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.

1861: Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, dies at Windsor Castle at age 42.

1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team become the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out a British expedition led by Robert F. Scott.

1936: The comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart opens on Broadway.

1946: The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.


1987: Cavernous Beeghly Center shakes with the roar of a record crowd of 8,000 fans who turned out to see World Wrestling Federal champion Hulk Hogan defend his title. The previous record was 6,990 set when YSU played Tennessee Tech in a late-nite televised game during the 1984-85 season.

R. Thornton Beeghly, one of the area’s leading businessmen and civic leaders at age 75, says he sees encouraging signs in the Mahoning Valley’s revitalization as Mahoning and Trumbull counties find new ways to cooperate.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says a decision on where to build a new state prison will not be made until some time in 1988. Seven Northeastern Ohio counties are vying for the project.

Youngstown Clerk of Courts Rosemary Durkin outspent her challenger, Annabelle Bodnar, nearly 10-to-1 to win a third six year term in the Nov. 3 general election spending $21,315.

1972: Ohio Gov. John J. Gilligan attends the swearing in of two Youngstown Municipal Court judges that he appointed, Frank X. Kryzan and Lloyd R. Haynes.

Vandals use axes and hatchets to slash 13 Ohio Bell Telephone Co. cables under the Market Street and South Avenue bridges, cutting off 10,000 telephones and interrupting cable TV and police and fire communications.

1962: Youngstown Postmaster Chester W. Bailey alerts some 350 people to be on “standby status” for hiring in anticipation of a surge of Christmas mail in the next week.

United Airlines and Youngstown city officials reach tentative agreement on a new 10-year lease that will increase the company’s airport rental and landing fees by about 20 percent.

Republican Mayor Harry N. Savasten supports the view of Democratic councilmen that personnel cuts should come only as a last resort in trying to balance the city’s 1963 budget.

Two pinball machines that disappeared mysteriously in Struthers gambling raid turn up three days later, abandoned and empty in a Struthers alley a block from the police station.

1937: Police are called to keep peace at the Glenwood Avenue headquarters of the Mahoning County Relief Administration after an elderly woman begins denouncing the administration for failure to respond to her needs. Welfare applications are the highest since 1935, with 424 cases added to the county rolls in November.

Henry Cowden, 40, prominent Coitsville resident who shot and killed his wife, Anna, 35, dies in South Side hospital of a self-inflicted wound without telling authorities the motive for the shooting. He was unconscious much of the time.

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