Today is Friday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2014. There are 26 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1776: The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, is organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

1782: The eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, is born in Kinderhook, N.Y.; he was the first chief executive to be born after American independence.

1791: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna, Austria, at age 35.

1831: Ex-President John Quincy Adams reclaims his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


1989: Long-time Warren Municipal Court deputy clerk Norma Napolet is named clerk of courts, succeeding Michael G. Delaquila, who is retiring.

Kelli Banks, an 11-year-old Salem girl who was born deaf, can hear for the first time after undergoing coch-lear implant surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren.

1974: Youngstown detectives arrest two adults and a juvenile in a Brier Hill house and seize jewelry taken during the robbery and murder of Edward Ulrich-Knobloch II at his Elm Street jewelry and antique shop.

Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes and Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin thrill 225 at the Youngstown Touchdown Club banquet at the Avalon Inn.

Youngstown Councilman William R. Shranko says he will attempt to muster votes to override Mayor Jack C. Hunter’s veto of an ordinance establishing safety regulations for WRTA buses carrying schoolchildren in the city.

1964: Lee Langel of Lynchburg, Va., a professional Girl Scouts worker for 15 years, is appointed executive director of the Lake-to-River Girl Scout Council.

Louis Berger, former editor and owner of the Niles Times and editor of the Farrell Press, dies in Farrell. Among others, he leaves Norman Berger, television program director of WKBN.

1939: Frank Williams of Jackson Avenue, New Castle, Pa., says the deer he bagged during a day of hunting was stolen from from his car when he stopped at a restaurant for a cup of coffee.

Norm Purucker of Boardman, one-time University of Michigan halfback, files a $2,000 breach of contract suit against the Green Bay Packers contending the NFL team had agreed to pay him $175 a game whether he played or not. He was released after suffering injuries in a game between Green Bay and the Texas All-Stars.

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