Today is Tuesday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2017. There are 26 days left in the year.


On this date in:

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.

1933: National Prohibition ends as Utah becomes the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

1952: The Great Smog of London descends on the British capital; the unusually thick fog, which contained toxic pollutants, lasts five days and is blamed for causing thousands of deaths.

1967: Pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg are among more than 260 people arrested at an anti-Vietnam War protest in New York City.

1988: A federal grand jury in North Carolina indicts PTL founder Jim Bakker and former aide Richard Dortch on fraud and conspiracy charges.

1994: Republicans choose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.

2013: Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president, dies at age 95.


1992: A federal judge sets a Dec. 29 deadline for Mahoning County and lawyers representing inmates in the county jail to work out a plan to reduce overcrowding and increase security.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Charles Bannon sentences a Lake Milton man to seven to 25 years in prison for multiple rapes of two girls over a period of years. The victims, now 17 and 21, said the rapes began when one was five and the other 13.

Bishop James W. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown ordains two transitional deacons, John E. Keener Jr. and Leo J. Wehrlin.

1977: Helen J. Massotti, 41, of Neshannock Township, Pa., is struck and killed on Route 224 as she crossed the road to go to the aid of the driver of a car that slid off the road.

Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter uses an air hammer to break ground for the $1.2 million Federal Plaza extension project.

Named to the 1977 All-Steel Valley Conference football team, offense: Bob Stoops, Kevin McCreary, Ed Muransky, Tim Morrissey, Mike Moore, Hank Price, Joe Veverka, Lester Pakalnis, Russ Spitz, Jack Loew and Walter Poole.

1967: More than 1,500 people attend opening ceremonies of new sections of Interstate 80 in Hubbard, with Ohio Gov. James Rhodes and Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shaffer pledging continued cooperation toward economic growth in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

Two Austintown youths, 17 and 18, are arrested, accused of stealing between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of material from Wester Bros., a stone quarry on Ohltown Road over a six-month period.

Guidelines increasing authority of department heads and guaranteeing township employees protection against political reprisals are rescinded by Boardman Township trustees after Mahoning County Prosecutor Frank Anzellotti Jr. says trustees can’t delegate responsibilities.

1942: Youngstown’s 12th annual Alias Santa Claus show at Stambaugh Auditorium is headlined by stage and screen star Mitzi Green, under the auspices of Esther Hamilton, Vindicator columnist.

Boardman High inaugurates its basketball season with an impressive 34-28 win over Lowellville. Lowellville put up a tough battle with Sam Coppola’s 14 points and Frank Pallozzi’s 10.

Members of Bricklayers Local No. 8 have pledged an hour-a-month to the Community and War Chest drive, which has a goal of $305,427.

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