Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2010. There are three days left in the year.


On this date in:

1694: Queen Mary II of England dies after more than five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

1832: John C. Calhoun becomes the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down because of differences with President Andrew Jackson.

1846: Iowa becomes the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

1856: Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, is born in Staunton, Va.

1897: The play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” by Edmond Rostand, premieres in Paris.


1985: Shuping Coapage, a United Nations observer for the African National Congress, speaking at the second night of the 16th annual Youngstown Kwanzaa celebration, says no reform in South Africa is possible until the system of apartheid is dismantled.

The Rev. Kenneth France-Kelley, a Dominican priest and associate pastor of St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, accepts an assignment as a missionary in Nairobi, Kenya.

Carla M. Chuirazzi of Poland wins first place in Mahoning County and second place in the district in the 39th annual Voice of Democracy Speech Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Board of Trustees of the Western Reserve Transit Authority elects Thomas W. Crogan president.

1970: The chimney of a farm house near New Waterford explodes, killing Arnold Hammersmith, 29, a volunteer fireman and member of the New Waterford Volunteer Fire Department.

Footprints in the snow lead city police to an Arlington Street home where an adult and four juveniles are arrested, and merchandise taken from the Castle Jewelry store at 259 W. Federal St. is recovered.

The Rev. Colbert S. Cartwright, senior minister of Central Christian Church, resigns to become pastor of South Hills Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

1960: East Ohio Gas Co. plans a $26.5 million expansion program for 1961 to increase natural gas supplies for Youngstown and other northeastern Ohio communities, President Robert W. Ramsell announces.

Cleveland Mayor Anthony J. Celebrezze warns Republic Steel Corp. that if the conversion of open hearth furnaces to the oxygen process of steelmaking pollutes the air it can expect to be prosecuted under city laws.

Two 17-year-old North Jackson youths are arrested a half hour after a robbery at Tassone’s Dairy on Lansdowne Blvd. after witnesses got the license plate number of the robbers’ fleeing car.

1935: Passengers on a Pittsburgh-bound P&LE train are shaken when the train plows into a runaway B&O freight train at the Haselton crossover.

Simeon “Buffalo Joe” Barrusa, one-time chief of the “bug” racket in Youngstown, appears in court in New Castle, pleads guilty to operating a lottery and is sentenced to six months in the Allegheny County Jail.

Mike Kroy, 42, of E. Federal Street, is sentenced to 10 days in jail for contempt of court by Judge Henry Beckenbach, after Kroy picketed the Uptown Baker Co. in defiance of the judge’s order that he stay away from the company.

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