Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2013. There are 47 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1851: Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” is first published in the United States.

1881: Charles J. Guiteau goes on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (Guiteau is convicted and hanged the following year.)

1889: Inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) sets out to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days. (She makes the trip in 72 days.)

1910: Eugene B. Ely becomes the first aviator to take off from a ship as his Curtiss pusher rolls off a sloping platform on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birmingham off Hampton Roads, Va.

1922: The British Broadcasting Co. begins its domestic radio service.

1940: During World War II, German planes destroy most of the English town of Coventry.


1988: The city of Warren is moving ahead with the preparation of a 71-acre site on the West Side for Ohio’s newest prison.

Rosetta Freeman, 22, who testified against reputed-Doggs gang leader Michael Brogdon is shot at while she and three other women tried to change a tire across the street from Jackson’s Lounge, East Market Street.

1973: Western Reserve Transit Authority is notified by Ashland Oil Co. that it will deliver nearly all the diesel fuel ordered for November thus decreasing the possibility some services will be curtailed.

Annette Pearson of Canfield is named sweetheart of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at Youngstown State University.

1963: Two more Struthers witnesses refuse to testify before a Mahoning County grand jury investigating rackets, bringing to four the men jailed by Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt.

Struthers Mayor-elect Bruce Papalia announces that he plans to appoint a crime commission “to keep organized crime out of the city.”

1938: Three Youngstown councilmen ask the city law department to draft legislation providing for Youngstown’s participation with Trumbull County in constructing the proposed airport in Vienna as a WPA project.

A freak windstorm of almost cyclonic proportions rips through the Youngstown area causing thousands of dollars in damage.

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