Years Ago

Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2013. There are 323 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1812: Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signs a re-districting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term “gerrymandering.”

1858: A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, reports the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepts that the visions were of the Virgin Mary.)

1937: A six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ends, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.

1960: “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar walks off the program in a censorship dispute with NBC. (Despite his very public resignation, Paar returns to the Tonight Show less than a month later.)

1963: American author and poet Sylvia Plath is found dead in her London flat, a suicide; she was 30.

1979: Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran.

1990: South African black activist Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in captivity.

1993: President Bill Clinton announces his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation’s first female attorney general.


1988: The United Auto Workers file a complaint against the new Avanti Motor Co. in Youngstown with the National Labor Relations Board claiming UAW organizers were harassed while distributing union information to Avanti workers.

Warren City Council votes 10-1 in support of the state locating a new prison in the city’s 7th Ward with the only vote in opposition coming from that ward’s councilman, Joe H. Williams.

Mahoning County voters will decide whether an average of $3 per year is a reasonable cost for a 911 emergency phone system when they vote on a 0.1- mill levy in May.

1973: Two Youngstown district prisoners of war are listed among those due to be released at midnight by North Vietnam. They are Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Smith of Lake Milton and Cmdr. Robert Shumaker of New Wilmington.

The wife and two children of a state highway patrolmen, drown in a pond near Lisbon after the children’s sled broke through the ice and their mother tried to save them. Dead are Pamela S. Carroll, 26, and her sons, Randell, 8, and Jeffrey, 4.

Supporters say that draining Lake Milton and keeping it empty would have a serious impact on Mahoning Valley flood control, industrial operations, water quality control and recreation.

1963: The Rhodes administration is considering converting the state’s self-serve liquor stores in shopping centers to old-style stores. There are three self-service stores in the Youngstown –Warren area, all established under former Gov. Michael DiSalle.

Robert Easton, 7, is killed by a car after stepping from a Youngstown Transit Co. bus that was bringing him home from school and stopped in front of his Arden Boulevard home.

The Republic Rubber Division of Lee Rubber & Tire Co. terminates its pension plan for salaried employees and cuts in half pensions for another group of retired non-union employees.

1938: Mahoning County commissioners, alarmed at the sharp rise in applications for relief, ask Congressman Michael J. Kirwan, D-Youngstown, to redouble his efforts for WPA projects in the district.

The body of Harvey S. Firestone, tire manufacturer, is brought to his childhood home in Columbiana, escorted by four state motorcycle patrolmen, Hundreds of friends and former neighbors pass by the bronze casket.

Locke Miller, one-time congressional candidate, files suit in the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus seeking to oust Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans on the grounds that Evans is an alien who was born in England, not Youngstown.

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