Years Ago

Today is Monday, Nov. 5, the 310th day of 2012. There are 56 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1781: The Continental Congress elects John Hanson of Maryland its chairman; his title: “President of the United States in Congress Assembled.”

1872: Suffragist Susan B. Anthony defies the law by attempting to cast a vote for President Ulysses S. Grant. (Anthony is convicted by a judge and fined $100, but she never pays the fine.)

1912: Democrat Woodrow Wilson is elected president, defeating Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt, incumbent Republican William Howard Taft and Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term in office as he defeats Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.

1968: Richard M. Nixon wins the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Independent candidate George C. Wallace.


1987: Richard G. LeFauve, a former general manager of Packard Electric in Warren who is president of Saturn Corp., tells the 81st annual meeting of the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce that Saturn is on target and under budget to produce a new American small car to rival foreign makers.

All Packard Electric Division hourly production workers would receive lifetime job and income security under a new agreement between the Union of Electrical Workers and GM.

1972: A Lykes-Youngstown Corp. delegation returns from Moscow where they went seeking business with Russia for their two major subsidiaries, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. and Lykes Bros. Steamship Co.

The General Fireproofing Co. plans to spend $2.8 million expanding and modernizing its plant on E. Dennick Avenue, John A. Saunders, president and CEO, says.

1962: The numbers trial of Joseph “Joey” Naples ends with the jury being dismissed before the trial even begins because the state’s evidence, including numbers slips, mysteriously disappeared from the courtroom while Judge John W. Ford was meeting with attorneys in his chambers.

George Vallas, proprietor of Champion Recreation Center and one of Youngstown’s top bowling stars ,dies of a heart attack suffered at the Arena Bowling Lanes. He had bowled eleven 300 games during his career

1937: Five Campbell youths walk into the police station and one tells the desk sergeant, “ “We heard a boy was shot. We were shooting at targets over the hill from where this happened, so we thought we had better come in.”

Youngstown firemen rescue more than a dozen people as flames sweep through a three-story building which was once used as a theater in Gibson Street near Poland Avenue.

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