Today is Sunday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2017. There are 28 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1775: The first official U.S. flag, the Grand Union Flag, is raised aboard the naval vessel USS Alfred

1818: Illinois is admitted as the 21st state.

1828: Andrew Jackson is elected president of the United States by the Electoral College.

1833: Oberlin College in Ohio – the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States – begins holding classes.

1910: Neon lights are first publicly displayed at the Paris Auto Show.

1925: George Gershwin’s Concerto in F has its world premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin at the piano.

1926: English mystery writer Agatha Christie, 36, disappears after driving away from her home in Sunningdale, Berkshire. (Christie turned up 11 days later at a hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.)

1931: Alka Seltzer first goes on sale.

1965: The Beatles’ sixth studio album, “Rubber Soul,” is released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone (It was released in the U.S. by Capitol Records three days later.)

1967: A surgical team in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the donor organ, which came from Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old bank clerk who had died in a traffic accident.

1979: Eleven people are killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.

1984: Thousands of people die after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escapes from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.

2012: The White House rejects a $2.2 trillion proposal by House Republicans to avert the “fiscal cliff,” a plan that includes $800 billion in higher tax revenue over 10 years but no increase in tax rates for the wealthy.

St. James’s Palace announces that Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, are expecting their first child (Prince George was born the following July).

2016: President-elect Donald Trump, still mulling key Cabinet positions, attends a lavish costume party hosted by some of his most influential donors at their palatial Long Island, N.Y., mansion; Trump, who does not sport a costume, revels with guests at the Mercer family estate for the annual Christmas party.


1992: Ed O’Neill, star of the comedy series, “Married With Children,” and Paul Maguire, NBC-TV football analyst, are inducted into the Ursuline High School All-Sports Hall of Fame. But they’ll be rooting for opposing teams in the Youngstown State University-Citadel NCAA Division I-AA playoff game.

A 29-year-old Warren man with seven previous drunken driving convictions drives his van into a car on Elm Road Northeast in Warren. The driver of the car, Tammy Sell, 18, is in Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron. Timothy Ham had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.34 percent and is jailed in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

General Motors Corp. will close at least seven and possibly nine plants, including an Inland Fisher Guide plant in Euclid, Ohio, but the Lordstown complex will be spared.

1977: Youngstown Mayor-elect J. Phillip Richley attends a dinner for U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey at the end of a crowded week that took him to Washington, D.C., twice and Columbus once, meeting with state and federal officials.

Two Democratic state legislators from Mahoning County, Sen. Harry Meshel and Rep. George D. Tablack, say President Jimmy Carter is not doing enough to aid the ailing steel industry.

The East Ohio Gas Co. asks permission of the state to begin service to new homes, ending a self-imposed ban that went into effect in 1976 when natural gas reserves fell low.

1967: U.S. Sen. Stephen M. Young, D-Ohio, will run as a favorite son for president in Ohio in a move aimed at recording a 1968 Democratic convention protest against President Johnson’s Vietnam policies.

The baby of Dominic and Jenny Bionci of Youngstown weighs in at 13 pounds, 10 ounces at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.

Concrete is being poured over 10 miles of refrigeration pipe at the 82 by 200-foot ice skating rink at the James Wick recreation area in Mill Creek Park. The concrete will cure for four weeks before the rink is filled with water and ice is made.

1942: Two children and an uncle who tried to save them die in a fire that destroyed their home on Campbell Street in Brookfield Township. Dead are Benjamin Uber, 46; Marylin Uber, 10, and William Uber, 16.

About 1,440 members of the Youngstown, Boardman, Poland and Struthers civilian defense corps brave near-zero temperatures to stage a “completely successful” practice dim-out, the largest yet attempted in the Youngstown area.

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