Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Sept. 30, the 274th day of 2012. There are 92 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: The Continental Congress flees in the face of advancing British forces, moving to York, Pa.

1846: Boston dentist William Morton uses ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracts an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.

1938: After co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain says, “I believe it is peace for our time.”

1952: The motion picture “This Is Cinerama,” which introduces the triple-camera, triple-projector Cinerama widescreen process, premieres at the Broadway Theatre in New York.

1955: Actor James Dean, 24, is killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.1962: James Meredith, a black student, is escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolls for classes the next day; Meredith’s presence sparks rioting that claims two lives.

1982: The situation comedy “Cheers” premieres on NBC-TV.


1987: Atty. Edward Sowinski, appointed by Judge Charles J. Bannon to defend William T. Dawson, enters a plea of not guilty to a charge of murder in the death of Youngstown Patrolman Paul Durkin.

Michael E. Kelly, president of the New Avanti Motor Corp., drives the first Youngstown-finished car off the assembly line at the company’s Albert Street Plant.

Phyllis Carlson-Riehm, president of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for Women, tells the executive committee of NOW’s Greater Youngstown chapter that the organization is scrambling to find a presidential candidate who will support women’s issues following the withdrawal of U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder from the race.

1972: A power failure causes an overflow from the Indianola Avenue standpipe, flooding some basements in the Cain Avenue area.

The 7th district court of appeals upholds the conspiracy to kidnap and kill counts against three men, but reverses conviction on riot charges in what came to be known as the Muslim case in 1969. They were charged with attempting to kill William Evans, who had been expelled by Youngstown Muslims for actions contrary to their philosophy.

1962: Unemployment is running higher in the United States than any other industrialized nation in the free world except Canada, a panel of economists tells President Kennedy.

A citizens committee tells Youngstown City Council that Youngstown has failed to follow the lead of other cities in getting more income from its airport terminal facilities such as restaurant, advertising and parking.

Six coeds are vying for Youngstown University Homecoming Queen: Constance Angel, Judith Baumann, Elaine Cooper, Aurora Morelli, Jacquelyn Thomas and Ruth Vestfals.

Vendla Koenitzer, 17, an exchange student from Goettingen, W. Germany, is elected homecoming queen of Austintown Fitch High School. Members of her court are Judy Beichler, Judy Martin, Debby Keagle and Mary Ellen Sanko.

1937: Engineers say construction of a canal linking Lake Erie and the Ohio River by way of the Mahoning would require construction of a reservoir on the Grand River in northern Trumbull County that would be 10 times the size of the Pymatuning Reservoir.

Robert Burke, a young SWOC organizer found guilty of rioting during the steel strike by a jury that deliberated for three hours, says he will file a motion for a new trial.

Youngstown police raid a bookie shop behind a barber shop at 921 Market St. after the owner allegedly boasted to a neighbor that he had protection and police would not interfere with his operation.

Columbiana County deputies and police are guarding highways near Wellsville and East Liverpool for a mysterious speeding car believed to contain three men wanted for questioning in the shooting death of state Trooper George Conn near New Philadelphia.

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