Today is Sunday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2017. There are 49 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1787: Severe flooding strikes Dublin, Ireland, as the River Liffey rises.

1866: Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, the first provisional president of the Republic of China, is born.

1927: Josef Stalin becomes the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Communist Party.

1936: The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens as President Franklin D. Roosevelt presses a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.

1942: World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over Japanese forces.)

1969: News of the My Lai Massacre carried out by U.S. forces in South Vietnam in March 1968 is broken by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

1977: City of New Orleans elects its first black mayor, Ernest “Dutch” Morial, the winner of a runoff.

1992: The British situation comedy “Absolutely Fabulous,” starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, premieres on BBC2 Television.

1996: A Saudi Boeing 747 jetliner collides shortly after takeoff from New Delhi, India, with a Kazak Ilyushin-76 cargo plane, killing 349 people.

2001: The American Airlines Flight 587 Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic crashes after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground.

2016: Tens of thousands of people march in streets across the United States, staging the fourth day of protests against Donald Trump’s surprise victory as president.


1992: Mercer County commissioners vote unanimously to put up their federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the next nine years as collateral for a federal loan guarantee for Sharon Steel Corp.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. gives a Veterans Day address at the Butler Institute of American Art in which he praises Republican President George H. W. Bush for his handling of the Persian Gulf War.

Jill Sheiman, 16-year-old Connecticut entrepreneur who created a successful mail-order cookie company, brings her message of perseverance and determination to several hundred students at Lordstown High School.

1977: An armed robbery and potential kidnapping are foiled at the Gray’s Drug Store in the Boardman Plaza by a courageous pharmacist, William Kata, who struggled with the gunman, knocked him to the ground, took his gun and fired a shot at him as he fled.

A surge in robberies – 31 in the first 11 days of the month – prompts Youngstown police to implore residents to take better protective measures.

Tailback Russ Spitz rushes for four touchdowns in Boardman’s 34-8 victory over Woodrow Wilson at Spartan Stadium. Campbell Memorial shocks Rayen, 20-8.

1967: A $3.5 million complex will be constructed on Fifth Avenue facing Wick Park for the Youngstown Presbyterian home for senior citizens of Youngstown and Northeastern Ohio.

The Cardinal Mooney High School Band leads Youngstown’s Veterans Day parade through Central Square. An estimated 10,000 people watched the parade.

The giant concrete and steel network of highways and expressways known as the Wick Avenue Expressway, which contractors are stretching across Mahoning and Trumbull counties and into Pennsylvania, will be complete before the first of the year.

William Eich of Poland is awarded a President’s Citation for meritorious service to the 6,000-member Ohio Association of Insurance Agents. He is vice president of Eich Brothers Insurance Agency.

1942: Mrs. Fred Orr, chairwoman of the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross, presents nurses’ service flags to Sister Margaret Louise, directress of nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital, and Dorothy Windley, directress of nurses at Youngstown Hospital.

Youngstowners are encouraged by Mayor William Spagnola to report to police all cases in which they think there are violations of price-ceiling regulations.

Margaret Bondfield, former minister of labor in England, is given a bad impression of Youngstown after thieves broke into her car and stole a string of pearls and a clock.

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