Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, the 354th day of 2012. There are 12 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1843: “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, is first published in England.
1910: The artificial fiber rayon is first commercially produced by the American Viscose Co. of Marcus Hook, Pa.
1972: Apollo 17 splashes down in the Pacific, the last of the lunar landings coming 31/2 years after the first man walked on the moon.
1986: Lawrence E. Walsh is appointed independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
1998: President Bill Clinton is impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice (he is later acquitted by the Senate).
1987: Youngstown firefighters remove nine 55-gallon drums of unknown chemicals that were dumped at two sites in the city, an abandoned service station at Covington and W. Federal Street and a vacant lot at Elk and Watt streets.
Elmer Reese, general manager of Packard Electric Division of General Motors in Warren, says the company exceeded goals in four quality performance categories and is entering the new year at full employment.
1972: A South Side grocer, Musa A. Summor, is fatally shot during a hold-up at his Oak Hill Avenue market and his 12-year-old son, Nidel, is in the intensive care unit of South Side Hospital with a gunshot wound of the head.
An arson fire causes $400 damage to a classroom at Chaney High School. A window was broken and gasoline thrown into the room and ignited.
1962: A pair of armed bandits terrorize two East Side brothers, Ali and Islam Mahmood, during a robbery at the Augusta Market, 632 Augusta St., and escape with $480.
Two of three Youngstown pharmacist charged with illegal purchase of drugs from a former employee of Woodside Receiving Hospital are fined $50 after a closed hearing in the chambers of Municipal Judge Martin P. Joyce.
1937: Youngstown’s “blue chinchilla coat bandit” who shot his way out of a police trap on Himrod Avenue, strikes two days later, robbing an Isaly store at 1365 Himrod Ave., escaping with $100.
Jim Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bennett of Poland, is rated one of the greatest basketball players ever to enter Cornell University, scoring 21 of the freshman team’s 31 points in a game against Cornell’s junior varsity.