Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2013. There are 45 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1776: British troops capture Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.

1885: Canadian rebel leader Louis Riel is executed for high treason.

1907: Oklahoma becomes the 46th state of the union.

1917: Georges Clemenceau again becomes prime minister of France.

1933: The United States and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations.

1946: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is founded at the conclusion of a conference in London.

1959: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway.


1988: U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti accuses Patrick McLaughlin, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, of trying to intimidate him by claiming that James A. “Dankers” Petrella, a Youngstown rackets figure, bragged he could influence Battisti.

A 35-foot blue spruce donated by the Fred Noday family is installed on Federal Plaza.

1973: David A. O’Neil, 66, Youngstown water commissioner and former 1st Ward councilman, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital three weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Ten Youngstown State University senior gridders conclude their careers as Penguins against Indiana, Pa.: Butch Cheeks, Larry Johnson, Denny Latess, Jeff McCauslin, Tom Perantoni, Farris Scott, Earl Tirey, John Violi, Greg Walker and Ron Yoder.

1963: Ronald Carabbia and four other Struthers men jailed for contempt of court by Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating rackets are released on $5,000 bond.

Two Youngstown area hunters are hospitalized and a third was released after treatment for injuries suffered in accidents on the first day of small game season.

1938: Benjamin F. Fairless, president of United States Steel Corp. and a former Youngstown resident, says the “valley industries of the Youngstown district need aviation at their door.”

Henry Bullen, 60, of McDonald dies of a heart attack while hunting near Andover and W.J. Lafayette, 40, a Steubenville preacher, is fatally wounded when a hunting companion drops his gun. They were among three fatalities and 10 injuries on the opening day of rabbit season.

Marcella Kuchta, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bartholomew Kuchta, is killed instantly when a 2-ton truck backed into and crushed the little girl’s buggy as her mother looked on at Himrod and Lane avenues.

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