Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Nov. 3, the 308th day of 2012. There are 58 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour.


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1900: The first major U.S. automobile show opens at New York’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.

1911: The Chevrolet Motor Car Co. is founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. (The company is acquired by General Motors in 1918.)

1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt wins a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. “Alf” Landon.

1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board is a dog named Laika who is sacrificed in the experiment.

1961: Burmese diplomat U Thant is appointed acting U.N. Secretary-General following the death of Dag Hammarskjold.

1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeats Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.

1979: Five Communist Workers Party members are killed in a clash with heavily armed Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis during an anti-Klan protest in Greensboro, N.C.

1986: The Iran-Contra affair begins to come to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first breaks the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran.

1992: Democrat Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush.


1987: Hubbard City Council nearly triples sewer rates from $1 per thousand gallons to $2.85 to fund the city’s share of an $8.9 million sewer project.

Youngstown artist William Dotson recalls how teacher John J. Benninger bent the rules to allow a freshman into his art class at the Rayen School. Dotson has traveled the world, painting portraits of Pope John Paul II, opera star Luciano Pavarotti and actor Loren Greene.

Three of five members of the Canfield Planning Commission say they favor an ordinance that would require a citywide vote on whether any single precinct could allow the sale of liquor.

1972: Approximately 20,000 basic steel workers in Youngstown’s District 26, United Steelworkers of America, are eligible for a 2-cents-an-hour cost of living pay hike under the USW contract.

Common Pleas Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt threatens to appeal to the Supreme Court the refusal of Lima State Hospital to evaluate a 16-year-old Youngstown youth who was convicted of raping two housewives.

1962: Seventh Ward Councilman George Vukovich bitterly attacks Law Director Russell G. Mock and Finance Director Philip A. Levy for voiding an ordinance authorizing the payment of $315 to police Capt. Stephen N. Birich for legal fees incurred when he fought a 30-day suspension.

Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier delays sentencing of Milton B. Asbury, who was convicted of second degree murder, after his lawyers, Lawrence Cregan and William Higgins, file an affidavit from a Kenmore Avenue man who said one of the jurors told him during a bus ride that Asbury “should burn.” The trial was going on at the time, he said.

Six Akron school teachers, five of them from the same elementary school, are killed when their car is crushed by a tractor trailer rig near Cleveland. Akron Superintendent Dr. Martin Essex says the teachers were returning from sessions put on by the North Eastern Ohio Teachers Association.

Two of eight Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains serving Youngstown will be discontinued Dec. 5, ending direct B&O service between Youngstown and Cleveland.

1937: William B. Spagnola, former police prosecutor and runner-up against Lionel E. Evans in the 1935 mayoral race, is elected municipal judge. He and incumbent Harry C. Hoffman edge out the third candidate for two judgeships, John W. Powers.

Youngstown voters overwhelmingly reject four tax and bond issues and four charter amendments.

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