Years Ago

Today is Friday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2013. There are 53 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1889: Montana becomes the 41st state.

1909: The original Boston Opera House opens with a performance of “La Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli.

1913: The play “Woyzeck,” by Georg Buchner, has its premiere in Munich, Germany, more than six decades after the playwright’s death.

1923: Adolf Hitler launches his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.”

1932: New York Democratic Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover for the presidency.

1942: Operation Torch, resulting in an Allied victory, begins during World War II as U.S. and British forces land in French North Africa.

1950: During the Korean War, the first jet plane battle takes place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shoots down a North Korean MiG-15.

1960: Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.


1988: James W. Toren, 73, resigns as bankruptcy trustee for the Sharon Steel Corp., saying the job is more demanding than he had expected.

Ten Youngstown kids are among 5,000 from across the country and Europe invited on free trips to Disney World between Nov. 17 and 19 to mark Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.

An arbiter orders the reinstatement of Steve Dunn to the Youngstown Police Department, saying his use of a shovel handle to subdue a youth during an arrest at Evans Field was improper, but his firing represented disparate discipline in the department.

1973: Chaney High School parents fill the Youngstown Board of Education meeting as they seek an immediate end to the City Series athletic program.

The Western Reserve Transit Authority, notified of a 30 percent cutback in diesel fuel supplies, is weighing service reductions to conserve fuel.

The Republic Steel Corp. sells its idle Niles Container Plant to the Cleveland Steel Container Corp.

1963: Sixty-seven Mahoning County gamblers, racketeers and others are subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury in a rackets investigation launched by Prosecutor Clyde W. Osborne and the FBI.

Air patrols and veteran woodsmen are scouring a Quebec Province forest searching for Hylton Grim, a 60-year-old Newton Falls construction engineer who went missing during a deer-hunting trip with his nephew and two Salem men.

Youngstown City Council is seeking a 60-day extension from the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency for further consideration of 10 projects costing about $1.2 million under the Accelerated Public Works program.

1938: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. blows in a blast furnace at the Campbell plant bringing the company’s active stacks to three.

Jacob Kalver, 68, friend of presidents, including William McKinley, and a Republican politician from early manhood, dies at his home, 656 Hayes Ave., Youngstown, following a heart attack.

Youngstown City Council passes legislation authorizing the employment of three real estate men to make appraisals for the WPA street widening program.

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