Today is Wednesday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2017. There are 25 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: The U.S. Congress moves to Philadelphia from New York.

1865: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, is ratified as Georgia becomes the 27th state to endorse it.

1907: The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurs as 362 men and boys die in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W. Va.

1917: Some 2,000 people are killed when an explosives-laden French cargo ship, the Mont Blanc, collides with the Norwegian vessel Imo at the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastates the Canadian city.

1957: America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit fails as Vanguard TV3 rose about 4 feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing down and exploding.

2007: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says his Mormon faith should neither help nor hinder his quest for the White House.


1992: Officials in Middlefield, Geauga County, worried about possible federal pressure to treat storm water for bacteria from manure left on the streets by horses pulling Amish buggies, have backed off plans to require diapers on the horses but are looking for other alternatives.

John Fry, president of Sharon Steel Corp., says he firmly believes the steel maker will survive, but it will have to change its method of operation.

Youngstown State University runs over the top ranked Citadel, 42-17, before 15,000 fans in Charleston, S.C., to advance to the semifinals of the Division I-AA football playoffs.

1977: C.R. Smith Jr., whose father founded Adamas Lapidary and Gem Shop in Boardman 30 years ago as an art and hobby center, has developed it into one of the finest of its kind in this part of the country.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Vincent Gilmartin will launch a probe into violations of state election law after the Mahoning County Board of Elections finds 51 false registrations and at least two people voting twice.

Named to the 1977 All-Steel Valley Conference football team, defense: Tim Pistone, Bill Byrdy, Mike Collins, Al Mohammed, Phil Mang, Len Bartlemay, Tad Lugihihi, Tom Dockry, Bill Weltlin, Paul DiPinto, Brian Halfhill and Joe Phillips.

1967: A Mahoning County jury deliberates for two hours before finding in favor of Herman Spahr, who was sued for $150,000 by the widow of Theodore Robinson. Spahr, a staff worker at the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, intervened when he saw Robinson beating his wife, leading to Spahr shooting Robinson dead.

Youngstown educators and the mayor’s Human Rights Commission will attempt to set up satellite student human relations groups to strengthen human relations in the city.

Speedy government action to enable the life insurance industry to begin its projected $1 billion national urban-renewal program is urged by James Oates Jr. at Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce’s 63rd annual meeting.

1942: Youngstown banks will add rationing coupons to the paper they handle, serving as clearinghouses for all rationing coupons.

As a reminder that “it can happen here” a Civil Air Patrol Squadron will “bomb” Youngstown at 12:25 p.m., the hour of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Vindicator columnist Esther Hamilton and dancer Billy Ambrose danced a waltz, tango and jitterbug at the 12th annual Alias Santa Claus show at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Two generous passersby who offered to help Clarence Place of Girard start his stalled car, got it started, then hopped in and drove away leaving Clarence standing on the curb.

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