Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2012. There are 43 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1883: The U.S. and Canada adopt a system of Standard Time zones.

1910: British suffragists clash with police outside Parliament on what becomes known as “Black Friday.”

1928: Walt Disney’s first sound-synchronized animated cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse, premieres

1958: The cargo freighter SS Carl D. Bradley sinks during a storm in Lake Michigan, claiming 33 of the 35 lives on board.

1966: U.S. Roman Catholic bishops do away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent.

1978: U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four others are killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings are followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by more than 900 cult members.


1987: An ordinance is introduced in Warren City Council that would ban smoking in most stores, theaters and public restrooms, as well as all public buildings.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says whether Youngstown is the site of a new $39 million, 650-bed prison will depend largely on whether there is community support for the project.

1972: Three youths, two of whom had been released on bond a day earlier on burglary charges, are arrested by Austintown police who said the trio had $4,343 in cash and checks taken in a break-in at the Canfield Valu King supermarket.

Luke Graziani, 5, saves his brother, Mark, 4, after the younger boy fell into a drainage ditch at a construction site near their Centennial Drive home. Mayor Merle Madrid orders the developer, Mayo and Orvets, to fill the ditch or the village will do so and bill the company.

1962: Carl Gangloff, secretary of the Youngstown Area Development Foundation, says Kaiser Steel Corp. is making a concerted effort to lure steel production to California and the far West and suggests a local development drive to create more jobs in the Mahoning Valley.

The lack of a restaurant at Youngstown Municipal Airport is causing widespread concern among civic leaders and some city officials, but the earliest a full-time eating facility could be re-established is Feb. 1, and then only if city council takes action to upgrade water service at the airport.

Henry M. Robinson, adviser to presidents and onetime Youngstown business leader, leaves an estate of $800,000, of which $100,000 will be used to build a laboratory of geological sciences at the California Institute of Technology in memory of his father-in-law, the late Charles D. Arms of Youngstown.

1937: Mrs. Cecile Helen McWhirter of Youngstown-New Castle Road, is issued the 80,000th Social Security card in the Youngstown district by Edwin F. Faulhaber, district manager of the office.

Dr. Garry C. Myers, psychologist and writer of child education, tells 100 mothers at a session of the Mothers’ Institute at the Youngstown Public Library that an old-fashioned spanking, hand-to-flesh, is better than the hair brush, switches or ear-boxing.

U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown joins a swelling chorus calling for business tax relief at a special session of Congress as an anti-recession measure.

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