Today is Sunday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2012. There is one day left in the year.
On this date in:
1903: About 600 people die when fire breaks out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.
1936: The United Auto Workers union stages its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.)
1940: California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, is officially opened by Gov. Culbert L. Olson.
1962: The Green Bay Packers defeat the New York Giants 16-7 in the NFL Championship Game.
1972: The United States halts its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
2006: Iraqis awake to news that Saddam Hussein had been hanged; victims of his three decades of autocratic rule take to the streets to celebrate.
1987: Waste Management of Youngstown wants to build a refuse transfer station and recycling center on Youngstown’s near East Side.
A decision on a proposed 9.6 percent rate increase for Ohio Edison Co. that is pending before the Public Utilities Commission has been shelved until the PUCO determines whether some of the costs of the Perry Nuclear Plant are to be borne by the company or passed onto consumers.
1972: Warren police apparently lack any solid leads in the execution style killings of Janet Kilgore and Joyce Hughley, both 19, and Clarence Williamson, 25, in a Second Street basement. Miss Kilgore’s 4-year-old daughter was found unharmed in the home and turned over to relatives, it was revealed.
Juvenile Court Judge Martin P. Joyce says he will name a court referee who will hear juvenile traffic cases. This will eliminate the juvenile jury system that has been in effect since the 1950s but was recently ruled illegal.
1962: A record 507 entries are submitted for the 15th Annual Ohio Cerami Sculpture Show opening at the Butler Institute of American Art.
Seven seminarians of the Youngstown Diocese are ordained by Bishop Emmett M. Walsh in St. Columba Cathedral: The Revs. John DeMarinis, Joseph Tamburrini, Donald Bank, John R. Lody, John Gubser, John E. Raub, and Robert Gibas.
1937: Judge Harry C. Hoffman fines three bugmen $500, but suspends the fines after hearing Atty. Clyde Osborne charge that police are targeting men associated with the South Side Bank, while looking the other way at numbers men associated with Youngstown’s largest policy house, the Big House.