Today is Thursday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2017. There are 24 days left in the year. Today is Pearl Harbor Day.
On this date in:
1917: During World War I, the United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1941: During a series of raids in the Pacific, Imperial Japan’s navy launches a pre-emptive attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing 2,400 people, about half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. (The United States would declare war against Japan the next day.)
1946: Fire breaks out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta. The blaze kills 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
1967: The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London. The venture proves disastrous, and the shop would close the following July.
1972: America’s last moon mission to date is launched as Apollo 17 blasts off from Cape Canaveral.
1993: A gunman opens fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 19.
2016: Time magazine names President-elect Donald J. Trump its Person of the Year.
1992: Vice President Al Gore says the Clinton administration will seek to halt operations at the nation’s newest hazardous-waste incinerator, Waste Technologies in East Liverpool, until Congress investigates the plant’s safety and how it got its state and federal permits.
Mahoning County will pay nearly $700,000 in 1992 for criminal defense of the poor, raising concerns that the appointment of local lawyers to represent the indigent is becoming too costly.
The brothers and friends of Phi Theta Phi fraternity at Thiel College raise more than $40,000 in their two-day walk to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The total raised in 24 annual walks is $608,797.
1977: The East Ohio Gas Co. consolidates the Youngstown and Warren divisions and names Paul C. Herold the new division manager, succeeding H. James English in Youngstown and Robert C. Sankey in Warren.
A record low temperature of 10 degrees, high winds and snow drifts close schools in Northeast Ohio, including some in the Mahoning Valley.
Ronald D. Carabbia of Poland, purported area organized-crime figure who was arrested in Florida, waives extradition to Ohio to face a number of charges that stem from the bombing deaths of Clevelanders John Nardi and Danny Greene.
1967: Four of the five Broumas Theaters in Youngstown close after State Film Service of Cleveland refuses to deliver films. Affected are the State downtown, Newport in Boardman and theaters in the Liberty and Lincoln Knolls plazas. The theater chain is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The $4 million Wickliffe Expressway extending from Wellington Avenue to Meridian Road will open Dec. 20.
Gladys Damon of Poland is knocked down and robbed of $130 in cash and checks totaling $657 in a driveway at 107 W. Laclede Ave.
1942: City Finance Director Walter Mitchell recommends to council that about 25 parking meters be removed from Andrews Avenue and East Boardman Street. They have been broken into often, bringing in little revenue.
William J. Hitchcock Jr. of Youngstown, who enrolled in the Army as a private, has been transferred to the Navy, given a lieutenancy and enrolled in classes at Columbia University.
On Pearl Harbor Day in Youngstown and Mahoning County, schoolchildren contributed toward the Community and War Chest goal of $305,472.