Years Ago

Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2012. There are 31 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1803: Spain completes the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.

1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — is born in Florida, Mo.

1936: London’s famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, is destroyed in a fire.

1954: Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Ala., is slightly injured when an 81/2-pound chunk of meteorite crashes through the roof of her house and then hits her as she lay napping on a couch.

1962: Eastern Air Lines Flight 512, a DC-7B, crashes while attempting to land at New York’s Idlewild Airport, killing 25 of the 51 people on board.

1982: The Michael Jackson album “Thriller” is released by Epic Records.

1987: American author James Baldwin dies in Saint Paul de Vence, France, at age 63.


1987: A study finds 50,000 people are living below the poverty level in Mahoning County.

Veteran Campbell Municipal Judge Joseph Kolmacic is confirmed as the winner in a three-man race by a 50-vote margin. Kolmacic had 1,996; John P. Almasy, 1,946, and Michael Rich, 1,290.

Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team, says he is interested in buying the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

1972: Daniel Cardarelli, 17, miraculously escapes serious injury when his car hurtles into a warehouse and hits two moving vans on Midlothian Boulevard.

FBI agents serve 25 search warrants during gambling raids in Youngstown and Campbell.

City building permits are issued for the $3 million remodeling and expansion of Dollar Savings & Trust Co. downtown.

1962: “Several dozen public officials I knew, including policemen, were mixed up in bribery,” former Youngstown Police Chief Paul H. Cress testifies during a civil suit brought against The Vindicator by Steve Erkman, owner of the Workers’ Tavern at Center Street and Wilson Avenue.

The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., the largest single taxpayer in Mahoning County, pays $2.4 million to county Treasure Joseph P. Gorman. Gorman said the company paid its taxes a little earlier than usual to accommodate the Struthers schools, which needed the money to meet its payroll.

1937: Senior members of the undefeated Pitt football squad decline to play a postseason game by a 16-15 vote. Harvey Boyle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports editor, r eports that players wanted pocket money of $100 to $200 each for the trip to Pasadena, a vacation following the game and that all 52 members of the squad be on the trip.

Campbell police raid two alleged gambling joints, arresting 10 people for gambling and confiscating cards an money as evidence.

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