Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2012. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.


On this date in:

A.D. 336: The first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 takes place in Rome.

1776: Gen. George Washington and his troops cross the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J.

1868: President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that results in the Civil War.

1962: The movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from the Harper Lee novel and starring Gregory Peck, opens in Los Angeles.

2009: Passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 seize a man who tried to set off explosives in his underwear as the plane was landing in Detroit.


1987: After a two-year struggle to get out of Romania, Ilie Nemes, his wife, Rodica, and their children, Johnny, 4, and Lisa, 2, are celebrating Christmas in the United States, at the home of an aunt, Minerva Jorza, in Liberty Township.

Neighbors band together to make Christmas merry for members of the Wallace Grace family who lost all their Christmas gifts to burglars who broke into their home at 326 Alameda Ave.

1972: A stray cat, now named King Tut, has adopted the fourth grade classroom of Mrs. Nell Sturdevant at Canfield Village Elementary, arriving at the door every school morning, spending the day, and leaving in the afternoon. She appears only on school days and no one knows where she goes during weekends and the summer.

Shoppers thronged downtown stores on Christmas Eve getting in last minute shopping and taking advantage of some of the best sales since the day after Thanksgiving.

1962: A huge throng of last-minute shoppers jam Downtown Youngstown stores and streets. Trade was particularly heavy in small gift items.

1937: Dr. Howard D. Talbott, pastor of the Dundee Presbyterian Church of Omaha, Neb., accepts an invitation to become pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, taking the place of Dr. W. H. Hudnut.

Thousands of baskets and bundles are delivered to Youngstown’s needy families through the efforts of various charities and service clubs. The biggest group of 1,200 families received full orders of groceries through columnist Esther Hamilton’s Alias Santa Claus Show.

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