Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2013. There are 13 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1787: New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1863: In a speech to the Prussian Parliament, Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck declares, “Politics is not an exact science.”

1865: The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, is declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1892: Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker” publicly premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1912: Fossil collector Charles Dawson reports to the Geological Society of London his discovery of supposedly fragmented early human remains at a gravel pit in Piltdown. (More than four decades later, Piltdown Man is exposed as a hoax.)

1915: President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home.


1988: Lt. Michael S. “Beef” Terlecky, former vice squad commander for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department, sold cocaine for a suspected drug peddler, according to federal documents. Terlecky was suspended after being indicted for taking bribes and illegal gambling.

Barbara Anderson is retiring after 20 years as executive director of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Howland.

1973: Two boys, 12 and 14 years old, who admitted $400 in vandalism damage at Harrison School, are given temporary commitments to the Ohio Youth Commission.

A new agreement with the Youngstown Hospital Association providing a 15 percent increase for general staff and assistant head nurses is approved by members of the Ohio Nurses Association.

1963: Youngstown Mayor-elect Anthony B. Flask makes four principal appointments to his administration: Patrick J. Melillo as law director; Capt. Joseph Flask, fire chief; J. Phillip Richley, city engineer; Harry Meshel, administrative assistant; Joseph Donofrio, police prosecutor; David Hill, urban renewal director.

Eight Struthers and Campbell men are indicted by the Mahoning County grand jury on charges of promoting a numbers game: Ronald Carabbia, Michael Granchay, Stephen Almasy, Richard Marzetti, Ben White, John Sweetko, Mike Pezell and David Coman.

1938: With one more Saturday left before Christmas, shoppers again descend on Youngstown department stores and shops by the tens of thousands. Extra clerks, drafted in part from vacationing Youngstown College students, join a thousand extra clerks already working downtown.

Murray Stedman Jr. of Youngstown, a graduate of Rayen School and senior at Williams College, is one of four college students awarded Rhodes scholarships in northwestern regional competition at Indianapolis.

The Cincinnati Post reports that Anna Marie Hahn, poison slayer who died Dec. 7 in Ohio’s electric chair for the death of Jacob Wagner, 78, left papers with her attorney admitting to killing three other men.

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