Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2013. There are 56 days left in the year. This is Election Day.


On this date in:

1605: The “Gunpowder Plot” fails as Guy Fawkes is seized before he can blow up the English Parliament.

1781: The Continental Congress elects John Hanson of Maryland its chairman, giving him the title of “President of the United States in Congress Assembled.”

1872: Suffragist Susan B. Anthony defies the law by attempting to cast a vote for President Ulysses S. Grant. (Anthony was convicted by a judge and fined $100, but she never paid the fine.)

1911: Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers arrives in Pasadena, Calif., completing the first transcontinental airplane trip in 49 days.

1912: Democrat Woodrow Wilson is elected president, defeating Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party candidate, incumbent Republican William Howard Taft and Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term in office as he defeats Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.


1988: The wedding day of a Boardman couple ends in tragedy with the groom, Thomas A. Beno, 43, dead and his father-in-law arrested for shooting him.

Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor of the Washington Times, says during a Youngstown Junior League Town Hall lecture that “television is to news what bumper stickers are to philosophy.” Some members of the audience walk out when de Borchgrave turns to praising Vice President George Bush over Democrat Michael Dukakis in the presidential race.

The slabbing mill at Warren Consolidated Industries Inc. is back in operation after being refashioned with older but sturdier parts from idled plants in Youngstown, Buffalo, Chicago and Aliquippa.

1973: Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies are holding a Girard man after conducting a gambling a raid at a former dry cleaning shop on S. Market Street in Girard.

Patrolman Sam Dubose is fired by Youngstown Police Chief Donald G. Baker after being arrested for violation of a state law prohibiting the distribution of unsigned political literature.

A University Heights police officer, Cyril J. Rovansek Jr., kills his wife, their two children and four members of a family living on the second floor of their home before killing himself.

1963: Victoria Montane, 60, longtime operator of the Victoria Restaurant on Belmont Avenue, is shot and killed in the bedroom of her apartment at 622 Carlotta Drive. Her husband is in police custody.

An estimated 5,800 individuals, including 2,100 women, are unemployed in Mahoning County, the Bureau of Unemployment reports.

A period of 36 days without a traffic fatality in Youngstown ends with a crash at Gibson Street and Poland Avenue that kills John Granger, a B&O Railroad yardmaster.

1938: The Most Rev. Edward A. Mooney, archbishop of Detroit and formerly of Youngstown, is one of three priests mentioned as the possible successor to the late Patrick Cardinal Hayes of New York City.

Youngstown College’s gridders get their second win of their first season, defeating Davis and Elkins, 20-14, to the delight of 5,000 fans at South Stadium.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves a $57,510 Works Progress Administration allocation to improve Firestone Park in Columbiana.

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