Years Ago

Today is Thusday, Oct. 4, the 278th day of 2012. There are 88 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: Gen. George Washington’s troops launch an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.

1822: The 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, is born in Delaware, Ohio.

1861: During the Civil War, the United States Navy authorizes construction of the first ironclad ship, the USS Monitor.

1931: The comic strip “Dick Tracy,” created by Chester Gould, makes its debut.

1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in the Alps.

1957: The Space Age begins as the Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit.

James R. Hoffa is elected president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The family comedy series “Leave It to Beaver” premieres on CBS.


1987: The Ohio secretary of state rejects a section of the Nov. 3 Trumbull County election ballot, forcing the Board of Elections to reprint a portion of the ballot at a cost of $5,700.

The Lakeview High School Bulldogs have four McClellans on the football squad, twin brothers Brian and Kevin, and two cousins, Jason and Mike.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. says he has no illusions about his chances of becoming president, but he tells 300 Democrats at the Mercer County Democrat Dinner that he will have an effect on the National Convention.

1972: Two district men, John J. Higgins and Paul R. Snyder, are rescued after their 360-foot cabin cruiser caught fire in Lake Erie about five miles off shore.

The Mahoning County Board of Health votes to “accept the resignation” of Dr. Larry Lee Smith, although Dr. Smith says he never resigned, and some members say the action was illegal.

Canfield City Council passes the controversial 1 percent income tax by a 3-2 vote despite objections by many in the overflow crowd.

1962: Gov. Michael V. DiSalle writes to a Youngstown church group pledging to help crush Youngstown rackets. The Commission on Christian Social Concerns of Mahoning Methodist Church sent DiSalle a scrapbook on the DeNiro and Naples bombings.

John Logan, president of Ajax Magnethemic Co., tells city council that the company may be forced to move its headquarters if suitable hangar space is not provided at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

Seventh Ward Councilman George Vukovich charges that Vindicator Reporter William A. Wirtz spirited former President Harry Truman away from the Pick Ohio Hotel while Vukovich’s back was turned. Wirtz said Truman expressed concern about getting to the airport in time and Wirtz offered to give him a ride.

1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes four paragraphs from a letter from former Justice John H. Clarke during a speech in Grand Forks, N.D. Clarke, formerly of Youngstown, wrote from his home in San Diego, Calif., praising the president’s policies.

Dr. Raymond W. Smiley, pastor of Westminster Church at Bloomfield, N.J., is extended a call from First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.

With Halloween still several weeks away, Girard police officials issue a strict warning against premature pranks and says youths found destroying property will be arrested and prosecuted.

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