Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2018. There are 20 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1792: France’s King Louis XVI goes before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis would be convicted and executed the following month.)
1816: Indiana becomes the 19th state.
1936: Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicates the throne so he can marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson; his brother, Prince Albert, becomes King George VI.
1941: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States; the U.S. responds in kind.
1972: Apollo 17’s lunar module lands on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; they become the last two men to date to step onto the lunar surface.
1991: A jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquits William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.
2001: In the first criminal indictment stemming from 9/11, federal prosecutors charge Zacarias Moussaou with conspiring to murder thousands in the suicide hijackings.
2008: Former Nasdaq chairman Bernie Madoff is arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that destroyed thousands of people’s life savings and wrecked charities.
1993: Ohio Lt. Gov. Mike DeWine and Reginald Wilkinson, director of the Ohio Department of Corrections, say they’ve been impressed by Youngstown’s bid for a $50 million supermax prison.
A five-year restoration expected to cost $200,000 to $300,000 begins on St. Mary Church in Warren. Four stained-glass windows that were lost over time will be replaced in an effort to bring the church back to its appearance when built in 1902.
Kenneth Nemerousky says his attempt to organize a Ku Klux Klan rally in Warren has gotten him death threats, but also about 100 calls of support.
1978: A story in Business Week suggests that Lykes Corp. closed portions of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s aging Campbell Works to help clear the way for a merger of Sheet & Tube and Jones & Laughlin into the country’s third-largest steelmaker.
A bill to boost unemployment compensation payments by 10 percent is vetoed by Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes.
Youngstown State University head football coach Bill Narduzzi is named by the Columbus Dispatch as Ohio’s College Coach of the Year in recognition of his 10-2 season, the best in the school’s history.
1968: Fire causes $20,000 in damage to the Crown Vending Co. building on Midlothian Blvd. owned by brothers Orlando and Ronald Carabbia. The fire department says the fire was sparked by a defective coffee percolator.
A rash of recent house burglaries in Boardman Township prompts trustees to enlarge the police department and name William Shaffer, a patrolman for five years, to the new post of burglary investigator.
Sister Adelaide, H.M., 64, assistant administrator of St. Joseph Hospital, Warren, and former administrator of St. Elizabeth Hospital, dies of a heart attack.
1943: Congressman Michael J. Kirwan will speak at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church for the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Stephen W. Begalla.
Lloyd Newell, a 46-year-old brakeman for Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad and father of five children, is shot and killed by a neighbor in a dispute over a party telephone line shared by both families. Samuel Morrow is arrested.
Mrs. Ernest Heller, president of the Youngstown Federation of Women’s Clubs, announces the federation’s bomber bond sale has gone over the top with a total of $383,460 collected.