Today is Sunday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2013. There are nine days left in the year.
On this date in:
1808: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, have their world premieres in Vienna, Austria.
1864: During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman says in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.”
1894: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. (Dreyfus is eventually vindicated.)
1910: A fire lasting more than 26 hours breaks out at the Chicago Union Stock Yards; 21 firefighters are killed in the collapse of a burning building.
1937: The first, center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel connecting New York City and New Jersey underneath the Hudson River is opened to traffic. (The north tube opens in 1945, the south tube in 1957.)
1944: During the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejects a German demand for surrender, writing “Nuts!” in his official reply.
1968: Julie Nixon marries David Eisenhower in a private ceremony in New York.
1977: Three dozen people are killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Company plant in Westwego, La., explodes.
1988: Outgoing Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Steven Pollis raps Coroner-elect Dr. Theodore Soboslay for his plan to replace Pollis’s experienced investigators with two novices.
A New Castle widow, Ann Gorgacz, and her two daughters, Linda and Loretta, are believed to have been aboard the Pan Am jumbo jet that crashed at Lockerbie, Scotland.
Youngstown City Council approves changing the zoning of 500 acres of land east of Lansdowne Boulevard from single-family residential to light industrial in an attempt to attract industry to the city.
1973: A man and a woman rob the Willis Food Market of $20 and undetermined food stamps and beat the woman cashier after her pistol misfired when she tried to defend herself.
Youngstown files for an investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Board into the announced discontinuance by Allegheny Airlines of three of its four daily flights serving Youngstown Municipal Airport.
Second Ward Councilman Herman “Pete” Starks is fined $36 and given a suspended 30-day jail sentence by Municipal Judge Lloyd R. Haynes on four counts, two involving an arrest in an after-hours bottle club and two traffic violations. Charges of drunken driving and having a concealed weapon are dropped.
1963: The clubhouse at Waterford Park race track at Newell, W. Va., is destroyed by fire. The loss is estimated at $400,000.
Bitter cold weather this Christmas season brings more hardships to welfare families in Youngstown who were already struggling on reduced relief allowances.
The Rev. P. Othmar Frick, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Mich., will assume ministerial duties at Honterus Lutheran Church in Youngstown.
1938: Youngstown City Engineer Albert R. Haenny is rushing to complete plans for construction of an airport in Vienna and will deliver them to WPA authorities in Akron for approval.
More than $3 million in payrolls are being distributed to steel mill, factory and office workers, giving the Youngstown Christmas shopping rush a tremendous boost.