Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017. There are 46 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1864: During the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman begin their “March to the Sea” from Atlanta; the campaign ends with the capture of Savannah on Dec. 21.

1926: The National Broadcasting Co. begins operating its radio network.

1942: The naval Battle of Guadalcanal ends during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces.

1986: A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicts American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels and sentences him to 30 years in prison. (Hasenfus is pardoned a month later.)

1998: Kwame Ture, the civil-rights activist formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, dies in Guinea at age 57.

2012: BP agrees to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and pay a record $4.5 billion.


1992: While some U.S. labor activists are quietly trying to organize Mexican workers at U.S.-owned plants, John Haldie, shop chairman for IUE Local 717 at Packard Electric in Warren, says Packard’s operations in Mexico are “nothing more than exploitation of Third World country people.”

George Geordan, superintendent of LaBrae schools, says the three buildings within a stone’s throw of the new Trumbull Correctional Institution have begun locking all their doors and directing all traffic to one entrance.

Youngstown State University and the University of Akron battle to a 10-10 tie before 6,912 fans on a cold and windy afternoon. The tie isn’t expected to hurt the Penguins in their quest for another Division 1-AA playoff berth.

1977: The Ohio Board of Unreclaimed Strip Mines asks an attorney general’s opinion on whether state funds can be used to fill mine shafts that collapsed in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Warren City Council refuses to participate in a federal flood-insurance program, saying that declaring flood zones would complicate urban renewal and hinder annexation. State officials warn that failure to comply would jeopardize state and federal development funds.

Maj. James T. McBride, head of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department special services, resigns in a dispute over Sheriff Michael Yarosh’s command division.

1967: Some dissident rank-and-file members of Teamsters Local 377 map opposition plans to transfer union business agent Anthony Sammarone from Mahoning and Trumbull counties to Ashtabula.

Woodrow Zinser, superintendent of Youngstown City Schools, addresses 54 new public and parochial teachers at the annual Teachers’ Appreciation Dinner.

Louis Rossi Sr., president and founder of Rossi Bros. Funeral Home, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital, 11 days after being critically injured in an accident on Belmont Avenue near the Liberty Plaza.

1942: For the first time in 10 years, the fire department boasts a well-equipped shop where major repairs to trucks and other equipment can be made.

Shortly after Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies confiscate slot machines at a Wilson Avenue store operated by Joe Koza, the phone rings and a caller warns the deputy answering the phone that the store may be raided.

Billy DeBeck, dapper little cartoonist, dies but leaves memories of the sway-back horse he created, Spark Plug, and the horse’s owner, Barney Google. DeBeck began his journalism career at the Youngstown Telegram.

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