Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2012. There are 40 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: North Carolina becomes the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1861: Judah Benjamin, who had been acting Confederate Secretary of War, is formally named to the post.

1912: Actress and dancer Eleanor Powell is born in Springfield, Mass.

1920: The Irish Republican Army kills 12 British intelligence officers and two auxiliary policemen in the Dublin area; British forces respond by raiding a soccer match, killing 14 civilians.

1922: Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia is sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.


1987: Bishop Robert W. Kelly is installed as the first bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America during ceremonies at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron.

Mahoning Valley road crews battle the first significant snowfall of winter.

Volkswagen of America announces that it is phasing out production at its New Stanton, Pa., plant, which produces Golfs and Jettas, eliminating 2,500 jobs by the summer of 1988.

1972: Amil Dinsio, 38, and Charles Mulligan, 38, both of Youngstown, are sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for the Laguna Niguel, Calif., bank burglary that netted at least $3 million.

Ruby McNichol, auctioneer at the New Wilmington, Pa., Livestock Auction, is the only female cattle auctioneer in the area, and possibly in the nation.

Mahoning County commissioners vote to extend the territorial limits of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority to the entire county, with the exception of Poland Village.

The United Auto Workers Union files an application with the NLRB for a bargaining election for 200 office workers at the General Motors Assembly Division at Lordstown.

1962: Dr. J. George Harrar, a former Youngstowner who is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, tells 700 people at the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce’s 65th annual dinner that private philanthropy is playing a vital role in bringing a better way of life to millions of people throughout the world.

Youngstown Postmaster Chester Bailey says Christmas parcels for residents of distant states should be mailed between Dec. 3 and 8; those for Ohio and nearby states should be mailed no later than Dec.. 12

The circular glass-walled Belmont Avenue branch of Union National Bank at Belmont and Gypsy Lane is awarded the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce commercial division civic improvement award.

1937: Ohio Gov. Martin L. Davey orders 2,000 National Guardsmen to Akron for possible duty at the strike-bound Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

The Vatican upholds Archbishop Edward Mooney of Detroit in his discipline of the Rev. Charles E. Coughlin, radio evangelist, who criticized President Roosevelt.

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