Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1790: Congress moves to Philadelphia from New York.
1884: Army engineers complete construction of the Washington Monument by setting an aluminum capstone atop the obelisk.
1907: The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurs as 362 men and boys die in a coal-mine explosion in Monongah, West Virginia.
1917: Some 2,000 people die when an explosives-laden French cargo ship collides with a Norwegian vessel at the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastates the city.
1922: The Irish Free State is created under terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
1947: Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.
1988: Trumbull County and Girard reach an agreement to bring sewers to the Weathersfield Township site of a $6.5 million Petro truck stop.
A majority of the Cortland Council says it’s opposed to a proposed ban on smoking in public places that was drafted by council President Dennis E. Linville.
Browning-Ferris Industries agrees to pay $1 million for water lines that will serve some areas where residents contend that their wells were contaminated by the Carbon Limestone landfill.
1973: County prosecutors say that regardless of claims that Ohio’s new shock parole law will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in imprisonment costs, the new act will do more harm than good.
The mixed chorus from U.S. Steel Corp.’s Youngstown Works sings at the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of third annual USS Christmas Choral Festival.
Angry truckers renew a blockade of the Ohio Turnpike that had shut down the highway for 24 hours as a protest against high fuel prices and rationing along the highway.
1963: The Christmas season in Youngstown opens officially with the traditional tree lighting ceremony in Central Square attended by several hundred people gathered around the tree and Nativity scene.
Campbell City Council overrides Mayor Joseph A. Vrabel’s veto of pay raises for themselves, the solicitor and treasurer and a salary schedule for the new municipal court that Vrabel said was “exorbitant.”
The Youngstown Heart Association opens its 1964 fund drive during a luncheon at the Mural Room. The campaign will peak with the Heart Sunday canvass in February.
1938: Youngstown City Council and the Board of Education authorize the letting of contracts so that work can get underway by Jan. 1 on $7 million in PWA projects.
The proposed Vienna airport site is the only one near Youngstown that would make a first class “terminal airport,” say Marshall C. Hoppin of Chicago, regional airport engineer for the Civil Aeronautics Authority, and Ernest C. Hall, state director of aeronautics.
About 150 members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce treat their bosses to dinner at the annual “bosses night” and hear William F. O’Neil, president of General Tire & Rubber Co. of Ohio, blast “mealy-mouthed politicians” who are pushing European ideas in the U.S.