Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2012. There are 37 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1859: British naturalist Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species,” which explains his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

1922: Irish nationalist and author Robert Erskine Childers is executed in Dublin by Free State forces.

1939: British Overseas Airways Corp. (BOAC) is formally established.

1941: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Edwards v. California, unanimously strikes down a California law prohibiting people from bringing impoverished non-residents into the state.

1971: A hijacker who became popularly known as “D.B. Cooper” parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 over the Pacific Northwest after receiving $200,000 in ransom — his fate remains unknown.

1982: Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan government economist and father of the future president, is killed in an automobile accident in Nairobi; he was 46.

1987: The United States and the Soviet Union agree on terms to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles. (The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev the following month.)


1987: Gov. Richard F. Celeste names Youngstown Atty. Paul Dutton to the Ohio Board of Regents. Dutton has been a YSU trustee for eight years.

Atty. Edward Sowinski, legal counsel for William Dawson, who is accused of killing Youngstown Patrolman Paul Durkin, says he does not intend to seek a change of venue.

Youngstown police seized 56,000 football pool slips and $4,000 in cash in a crackdown on a three-county sports gambling operation.

1972: Youngstown Teamsters Local 377 is named a codefendant in a $3 million federal damage suit brought by Eazor Express Co. in connection with a 36-day strike by drivers in 1968.

Strong demand for steel will continue to increase in December and Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. plans to add two more open hearth furnaces, sending area operations up to 76 percent of capacity.

Some 26,000 United Auto Workers employed in northeastern Ohio Big Three auto plants will take home fatter paychecks in December, reflecting cost of living increases of 11 to 22 cents per hour.

1962: U.S. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy orders the FBI to make a full scale investigation into Youngstown’s latest underworld bombing outrage, which killed longtime racketeer Charles “Cadillac Charlie” Cavallaro, 60, and his son, Tommy, 11.

The four Dinsio brothers, Amil, James, Vince and William, are indicted by the Mahoning County grand jury on six counts of receiving $20,100 in stolen property.

Sixth Ward Councilman George L. Stowe is seeking legislation to post a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Cavallaro bomber-murderer.

1937: Youngstown will have its lowest tax rate since 1922, yet the city and schools will have sufficient funds to operate in 1938.

The letdown in business, now in its 16th week, is only a temporary and minor recession, says George C. Brainard, president of General Fireproofing Co.

David Paul Lloyd, 25, is in Salem Central Clinic with a gunshot would suffered when the gun carried by his father, David J. Lloyd, also of Youngstown discharged while the men were lifting a hollow log to which they had chased a rabbit.

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