Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2013. There are 35 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: President George Washington sets aside this day as one of thanksgiving to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.

1883: Former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth dies in Battle Creek, Mich.

1933: A judge in New York decides the James Joyce book “Ulysses” is not obscene and could therefore be published in the United States.

1941: U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivers a note to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kichisaburo Nomura, proposing an agreement for “lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific area.” The same day, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers leaves the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii.

1942: President Roosevelt orders nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.

1942: The motion picture “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, has its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

1943: During World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, is hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men are killed.

1949: India adopts a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.

1950: China enters the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea.

1965: France launches its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.

1973: President Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, tells a federal court that she’d accidentally caused part of the 181/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

1986: President Ronald Reagan appoints a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.


1988: The Rev. James Korda, director of programming and pastoral services for the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown, will represent the region as liaison to the Catholic Television Network of America.

The Rev. John Adam, D.D., bishop of the Slovak Zion Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, speaks at the 85th anniversary of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Ida Barnes, administrator of the Mahoning County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is encouraging motorists to tie red ribbons to the side mirrors of their cars as part of a crusade to keep drunken drivers off the roads during the holiday season.

1973: Vandals break into Youngstown’s Harrison School, cutting telephone and burglar alarm wires, splattering paint in one classroom and flooding the boiler room.

Youngstown area service station owners support President Richard M. Nixon’s ban on the Sunday sale of gas, saying everyone needs a day of rest, regardless of the effects of cutbacks in production by Arab states.

White House lawyers are returning to a federal courtroom to explain an 18-minute gap in President Nixon’s White House tape, which is said to have been created by Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, a Sebring, Ohio, native, who erased a portion of the tape.

1963: Thieves who may have hidden in the J.C.Penney Co. store at Boardman Plaza when it closed escaped with costume jewelry, clothing and toys valued at $7,500.

Mrs. Catherine Bobovnyk is thrown to the ground and her purse containing $1 snatched by a thief in front of 480 W. Madison Ave.

Youngstown-Warren area factory workers had the second highest earnings on a weekly basis of Ohio’s larger cities in October, earning $123.75 for a 39.5 hour week.

1938: General Fireproofing Co. will call scores of men back to work after Jan. 1 as the result of an award to supply all government departments with steel files and desks during 1939.

Youngstown police radio technician Victor Gettys dies several days after falling 60 feet from a radio tower atop No. 8 Fire Station.

James H. Wilson, commander of Road of Remembrance American Legion Post 472, says Youngstown’s great steel plants are vulnerable to air attacks and urges patriotic organizations to support a Youngstown airport.

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