Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2013. There are 44 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1558: Elizabeth I accedes to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.

1800: Congress holds its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building.

1869: The Suez Canal opens in Egypt.

1911: The African-American fraternity Omega Psi Phi is founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

1917: French sculptor Auguste Rodin dies in Meudon at age 77.

1934: Lyndon Baines Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as Lady Bird, in San Antonio, Texas.

1962: Washington’s Dulles International Airport is dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

1969: The first round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks between the United States and the Soviet Union opens in Helsinki, Finland.

1970: The Soviet Union lands an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1.

1973: President Richard Nixon tells Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Fla.: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

1979: Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 black and/or female American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

1987: A federal jury in Denver convicts two neo-Nazis and acquits two others of civil-rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg.

2000: Florida Supreme Court freezes the state’s presidential tally, forbidding Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying results of the marathon vote count just as Republican George W. Bush is advancing his minuscule lead over Democrat Al Gore. Also, a federal appeals court refuses to block recounts under way in two heavily Democratic counties.

2003: John Allen Muhammad is convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the 38th governor of California.


1988: A 17-year-old Perry Township youth is being held in connection with the bludgeon death of Betty Lou Rosenbaum, 19.

Robert Spencer of Youngstown City Schools Adult Basic Education Program and Elaine Matthews of Project Opportunity unveil “Y’s Investments,” a Monopoly-style game that is being sold for $15 to raise money for literacy projects.

Youngstown is negotiating to buy land on Indianola Avenue near Oak Hill Avenue for construction of a new South Side fire station.

1973: Roy Wilkens, executive director of the NAACP, extols the brilliant, painstaking work of Atty. Nathaniel Jones, general counsel to the NAACP, during the Freedom Fund banquet at the Mahoning Country Club.

Dr. Ataolah Amini, a native of Iran, is named Youngstown’s new health commissioner, effective Dec. 3.

1963: Trumbull County Commissioners Joseph Baldine, Robert Hagan and Roy Stillwagon say the county can’t sell bonds to pay off a $1.8 million Welfare Department debt, but if creditors got a court judgment against the county it could sell bonds to satisfy a court order.

Edgar E. Hargett, special agent in charge of the Cleveland office of the FBI, says a Mahoning County grand jury probe of rackets in Mahoning County is aimed at solving the murders of Charles “Cadillac Charlie” Cavallaro and his son, Tommy, on Nov. 23, 1962.

William G. Lyden Jr., head of the Lyden Oil Co., which has 100 service stations in six counties, says he has faith in Youngstown’s ability to be a leader in health, education and research.

1938: Victor G. Lumbard, president of Ohio Leather Co., Girard, says he is “for the proposed Youngstown airport 100 percent,” joining a large group of leaders who have approved the project.

Judge George H. Gessner grants a writ of mandamus requiring county Auditor John J. Arnold and the county commissioners to prepare and publish lists of delinquent real estate taxpayers in Mahoning County.

Mahoning County commissioners sell $194,000 in poor relief bonds to McDonald, Coolidge Co., Cleveland, at 2 º percent interest rate.

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