Years Ago

Today is Monday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2013. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada.


On this date in:

1620: Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, sign a compact calling for a “body politick.”

1831: Former slave Nat Turner, who’d led a violent insurrection, is executed in Jerusalem, Va.

1889: Washington becomes the 42nd state.

1909: President William Howard Taft accepts the recommendation of a joint Army- Navy board that Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands be made the principal U.S. naval station in the Pacific.

1918: Fighting in World War I comes to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.

1921: The remains of an unidentified American service member are interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding.

1932: A new tomb to house the remains of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.

1942: During World War II, Germany completes its occupation of France.

1960: South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem survives a coup attempt by army rebels. (However, he is overthrown and killed in 1963.)

1966,: Gemini 12 blasts off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard.

1972: The U.S. Army turns over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.

1987: Following the failure of two Supreme Court nominations, President Ronald Reagan announces his choice of Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, who goes on to win confirmation.

2003: President Bush’s top foreign advisers summon L. Paul Bremer, Iraq’s U.S. administrator, for hurried White House talks focused on their growing frustrations with the Iraqi Governing Council and a logjam in transferring political power to Iraqis.


1988: Kathy French, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Food Bank, says cutbacks in the federal surplus food program are beginning to affect the Mahoning Valley as the holiday season approaches.

The Catholic Exponent, the locally based newspaper of the six-county Diocese of Youngstown, will sever its relationship with The Universe Bulletin, Cleveland’s diocesan paper, and begin publishing independently.

Two former teammates at Chaney High, Jerry Olsavsky and John Greene, will become temporary adversaries when Olsavsky’s Pitt Panthers meet Greene’s Nittany Lions.

1973: Dr. John J. Coffelt, president of Youngstown State University, reports that the new board of directors of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine will have its first meeting Nov. 26 at YSU.

George Morar Jr., superintendent of Trumbull County schools, says the defeat of six school bond issues and five of six proposed additional school levies, is indicative of a revolt by taxpayers who thought that the state income tax was a cure-all for every school system in the state.

The Ohio attorney general has informed Youngstown State University it cannot enter into a formal written agreement with Local 627, the service employees union.

Charlene McAtee, a senior at Boardman High School, wins Miss Ohio DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) title in Columbus.

1963: Five outstanding students from Youngstown area high schools answer questions posed by businessmen on a WFMJ-TV program. The students are James Eakin of Liberty, William MacIntosh of Poland, Robert Weller of Boardman, Charles Huxsaw of Canfield and Rick Miskell of Austintown.

FBI agents and Trumbull County law enforcement officers raid the Liberty Township home of Youngstown bug man Peter Fetchet and the Cue and Cushion, a long-time betting parlor in downtown Niles.

Dr. Sidney Berkowitz, rabbi of Rodef Sholom Temple, speaks at Veterans Day ceremonies in downtown Youngstown, saying veterans have a special stake in the United States’ winning the Cold War.

1938: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan receives a congratulatory telegram from Postmaster General James A. Farley on his re-election. Kirwan says he’ll be asking for Farley’s support for a Lake Erie-to-Ohio River canal.

City Engineer Albert R. Haenny will submit applications for more than $1 million in federal Works Progress Administration sewer projects.

Kenneth Barski is shot and killed in a Wilson Avenue beer parlor in Campbell, and police have arrested Stanley Deputit, 17-year-old son of an ex-councilman.

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