Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1862: During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gives the go-ahead for Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond; the Battle of Fredericksburg is a disaster for the Union.

1910: Eugene B. Ely becomes the first aviator to take off from a ship as his Curtiss pusher rolls off a sloping platform on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birmingham off Hampton Roads, Va.

1944: Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra records “Opus No. 1” for RCA Victor.

1970: A chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashes while trying to land in Huntington, W.Va., killing all 75 people on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.

1972: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.


1987: A 12-member parent-teacher advisory board is discussing how the Boardman schools should teach students about the AIDS virus.

New Hampshire Democrats leave U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. off the invitation list for a debate of six candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

1972: The number of Mahoning County welfare cases rose during October for the second month in a row after a summer decline. An increase of 211 cases brings the case load to 9,624, covering 20,423 people.

John Walden, 33, of Berwick Avenue is found shot to death after leaving a poolroom at Penn and Himrod avenues, the apparent victim of a robbery. His ring and a green leather jacket were missing.

1962: The City Planning Commission submits a plan to urban renewal authorities in Chicago calling for greater public use of downtown property, including an exhibition hall or coliseum on the East End between Walnut and Watt streets, north of E. Federal Street.

Municipal Judge Martin P. Joyce orders the jailing of Atty. Lawrence V. Cregan for contempt of court after Cregan ignored warnings about making immaterial remarks and wisecracks during a hearing. He was released after 45 minutes.

1937: The controversy over establishment of a boozeless night club for young people grows as churches in the Youngstown area split into two factions, one that supports it and one that opposes dancing as immoral.

Despite dropping mill operations, Youngstown’s retail business continues ahead of a year earlier, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland says. Business was up by 9.7 percent for October and 19.3 percent for the first 10 months of the year.

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