Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1642: Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sights present-day New Zealand.
1769: Dartmouth College in New Hampshire receives its charter.
1862: Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside launch futile attacks against entrenched Confederate soldiers during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg; the soundly defeated Northern troops withdraw two days later. (It was during this battle that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is said to have remarked: “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”)
1918: President Woodrow Wilson arrives in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.
1928: George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” has its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1988: Youngstown City Council is pursuing a pilot plan to make recycling part of garbage and trash collection at 10,500 homes on the city’s North and East sides.
General Motors Corp. announces that it will issue profit-sharing checks of about $200 to workers — the first time since 1985 for such payments.
Ohio’s poverty rate declined slightly since 1987, and Cuyahoga County has replaced Mahoning County as the county with the highest percentage of residents living in poverty.
1973: Gunmen hiding along I-680 and I-80 in Mahoning and Trumbull counties fire shotgun blasts at seven tractor-trailer rigs over three hours, an apparent attempt to enforce a call for a 48-hour shutdown by independent drivers to protest high fuel costs.
A 22-year-old Warren man shot one 16-year-old girl dead and wounded another, leaving her for dead, on Karl Avenue, a lonely dead-end street off Highland Avenue in Warren. Linda Tobias is in serious condition in St. Joseph Hospital.
The Youngstown Board of Education refuses to end City Series league play among Youngstown’s six high schools, despite melees after some games and the end-of season refusal of the Chaney team to play Rayen and Woodrow Wilson teams.
1963: A delegation from Youngstown and three other cities goes to Washington, D.C., to urge the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to build its proposed $50 million electronics laboratory at the old Ravenna Arsenal.
A Penn Avenue couple is sentenced by Juvenile Court Judge Harold S. Rickert Sr. to six months in jail because they ignored warnings over two years to keep their house and seven children clean.
A 38-year-old Youngs-town University business professor, Louis C. Lengyel, is asphyxiated by carbon monoxide while working on his car engine in a closed garage at 1070 Yolanda Place.
1938: Petitions signed by more than 1,800 North Siders favoring the Tod Lane site for a city swimming pool are presented to city council.
Streetcar service on Mahoning Avenue is being ended, replaced by gasoline buses. Steel Street and the Campbell line will be the only remaining rail traction lines.
Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans says the city will join other Ohio cities in a fight to prevent further diversion of sales tax revenues during 1939. The city received $383,000 in 1937 and may receive only $320,000 in 1938.