Today is Thursday, Dec. 20, the 355th day of 2012. There are 11 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1812: German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm publish the first volume of their collection of folk stories, titled “Children’s and Household Tales.”
1945: The Office of Price Administration announces the end of tire rationing, effective Jan. 1, 1946.
1978: Former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman is released from prison after serving 18 months for his role in the Watergate cover-up.
1987: More than 4,300 people are killed when the Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collides with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island.
1999: The Vermont Supreme Court rules that homosexual couples are entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex.
1987: A new Ohio law, sponsored by Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown at the request of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, requires candidates for sheriff to have a high school diploma, be a county resident for a year and complete a training course. The measure contains more stringent requirements beginning in 1992.
Meander Reservoir will remain vulnerable to chemical spills on Interstate 80 even as concrete barriers are built along approaches of the I-80 bridges because an extremely toxic chemical could still flow through drainage holes and enter the water.
1972: Boardman Township purchases Brown’s Restaurant at 126 Boardman-Poland Road, adjacent to Township Hall and the No. 1 Fire Station for $255,000, using proceeds from an unusually high inheritance tax distribution in 1972.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an appeal of a woman officer who charged the Air Force with sex discrimination for its policy of discharging new mothers.
1962: Internal Revenue men storm clubrooms, taverns and amusement halls across the nation in raids that confiscated 648 payoff pinball machines. Thirty-five are in Ohio, but none in Mahoning County, where sheriff‘s deputies have already confiscated 22 such machines.
Nearly 20 Youngstown policemen armed with riot guns and high-powered lights flush out a wounded gunman three miles from a Boardman service station where two men had robbed a service station with a 12-guage shotgun.
1937: Councilman Carl Fishel launches a new war on marble boards, asking Law Director Vern B. Thomas to draft legislation that would increase the permitting fees for pinball from $20 per machine to $100.
Samuel Wilkoff, 363 Alameda Ave., president of the Wilkoff Co., who came to America with two cents in his pocket, dies at the age of 75, head of a million dollar scrap-dealing firm.