Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2012. There are 111 days left in the year. This is Patriot Day.


On this date in:

1777: During the American Revolution, forces under Gen. George Washington are defeated by the British in the Battle of Brandywine.

1814: An American fleet scores a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

1857: Mountain Meadows Massacre takes place in present-day southern Utah as a 120-member Arkansas immigrant party is slaughtered by Mormon militiamen aided by Paiute Indians.

1862: Short-story writer William Sydney Porter, better known as “O. Henry,” is born in Greensboro, N.C.

1922: The British Mandate for Palestine goes into effect.

1941: Groundbreaking takes place for the Pentagon, now headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.

In a speech that draws accusations of anti-Semitism, Charles A. Lindbergh tells an America First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, “the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration” are pushing the United States toward war.

2001: Nearly 3,000 people are killed on America’s worst day of terrorism as 19 al-Qaida terrorists hijack four passenger jetliners. Two planes smash into New York’s World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; one plows into the Pentagon; and the fourth is crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania.


1987: Thomas H. Krispli, president of the Youngstown Education Association, says all that may be needed to end a three-day teachers’ strike is one long negotiating session.

The Ohio Supreme Court sets Nov. 30 as the day John Glenn, who killed Mahoning County Reserve Deputy John Litch in 1981, will die in the state electric chair at Lucasville.

Thomas R. Hollern, vice president of Dollar Savings and Trust Co., is named president and chief executive of Dollar, succeeding Donald W. McGowan.

1972: Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier grants a temporary order limiting pickets at Youngstown Steel Door Co. on Henricks Road, where office and clerical workers are on strike.

A portrait of Henry Stambaugh, benefactor of Stambaugh Municipal Golf Course, Stambaugh Auditorium and the Boy Scouts camp in Canfield, is presented to the Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission for hanging at the golf course clubhouse. The portrait was found in the dusty recesses of Stambaugh Auditorium.

1962: Steve “Rochie” Melnick, 38-year old Hubbard Township excavating contractor, dies when an 8-foot deep ditch collapses on Grace Street in Hubbard.

Burglars use drills and chisels taken from the shop to attempt to open an office safe at Boardman High School before leaving empty-handed. The safe contained less than $50.

Fireman Bill Casey is hospitalized for smoke inhalation after being overcome while fighting a fire at Master-Bilt Kitchens.

1937: The Ohio attorney general’s office enters the investigation into the gangland-style murder of Roy “Happy” Marino, seeking a possible connection between his death and alleged parole board irregularities in Ohio.

Joseph Curtis, 56, of Masury, father of 10 children, dies after being struck by a car driven by a Sharpsville man.

Mahoning County commissioners serve notice on the city of Youngstown that no city prisoners will be accepted from city jail after Dec. 10 because the city has refused to agree to pay 48 cents per day to feed each prisoner.

Sally Hope, 20 months, wanders away while her mother is picking vegetables at their Broad Street home in Struthers, launching a frantic two-hour search. She was found safe by Albert Wagner, 18, standing in knee-deep mud, still clutching her baby doll, near Stop 18, about a mile from home.

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