Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2013. There are 110 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1846: Elizabeth Barrett secretly marries Robert Browning at St. Marylebone Church in London.

1888: Entertainer Maurice Chevalier is born in Paris.

1938: Adolf Hitler demands the right of self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.

1942: During World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoes the RMS Laconia, which was carrying Italian prisoners of war, British soldiers and civilians.

1943: During World War II, German paratroopers take Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.

1953: Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.

1960: Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addresses questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Southern Baptist group, “I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.”

1962: In a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirms his support for the manned space program, declaring: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”


1988: Thomas R. Hollern, president of Dollar Savings and Trust Co., is general chairman of the Youngstown Area United Way campaign that is seeking to meet a $3 million goal.

A 1984 Youngstown law that calls for the city to enter more contracts with women-run companies contains a loophole that has allowed 96 percent of the money in the city’s major contracts to go to men.

Dr. Louis Zeller, a retired family practice physician from Girard, will be recognized at the first family medicine symposium at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center.

1973: The Youngstown Municipal Airport will need improvements costing $15.5 million over five years to meet growing demands, according to a Federal Aviation Administration report on national airport needs.

Youngstown police arrest one of three young men who forced their way into the home of a retired Hillman Street man, beat him and robbed him of an undetermined amount of cash.

James Cassidy, one of the first farmers in the Youngstown area to shift to soybeans as a crop, says the legume is a risky, expensive crop to grow, but can provide a good living for the farmer who works hard.

1963: Youngstown University opens fall classes with a record enrollment of 8,650.

About 150 employees of the Saramar Aluminum Co. are idle as the result of a wildcat walkout.

May Thompson Williamson, 96, widow of Warren P. Williamson Sr. and mother of Warren P. Williamson Jr., president of WKBN, dies at her home. She had occupied a position of prominence in the community as a teacher, club and church woman.

1938: Mahoning County applies to the PWA for a grant of $110,000 to aid in construction of a $400,000 suspension bridge over Lake Newport.

Youngstown police are trying to trace wedding presents stolen from the car of Park Commissioner Thomas H. Pemberton following a party held for Pemberton and his bride at the Youngstown Country Club.

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