Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2011. There are 45 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1776: British troops capture Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.

1933: The United States and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations.

1959: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway.

1960: Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable dies in Los Angeles at age 59.

1961: House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn, 79, dies at his home in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms as minority leader of the Democrats.

1966: Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard is acquitted in his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.

1973: Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, is launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84-day mission.

1981: The Senate confirms Dr. C. Everett Koop to be surgeon general.

Oscar-winning actor William Holden, 63, is found dead in his Santa Monica, Calif., apartment.


1986: Mahoning Valley businesses say unions are using a ploy to claim they are being locked out rather than striking, which makes members eligible for unemployment benefits.

The Butler Institute of American Art and the Minorities Outreach Committee sponsor a salute to black artists, highlighting the works of Jacob Lawrence and featuring talks by Youngstown artists Bill Dotson and Al Bright.

A Swiss company, Hartmetall Co. of Zurich, is expressing an interest in buying Metal Carbides Inc. of Youngstown from the Standard Slag Co.

1971: Atty. Nathaniel R. Jones of New York files suit on behalf of Samuel Jordan of Austintown in Federal Court challenging the redistricting of the General Assembly districts by the Ohio Apportionment Board.

The Youngstown Education Association is challenging the petitions of the Youngstown Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO) calling for an election to determine the bargaining agent for Youngstown’s public school teachers.

1961: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown joins President John F. Kennedy on a whirlwind political trip to three western states, California, Washington and Arizona.

Annexation of a large section of Liberty Township to Youngstown is proposed by 3rd Ward Councilman James A. Postore.

1936: Three thousand Italians authorize a telegram to Gov. Martin L. Davey urging the appointment of Atty. William B. Spagnola to serve the remainder of Municipal Judge Peter B. Beckenbach’s term. Beckenbach was elected domestic relations judge.

Chester Hayhurst, 10, is in South Side Hospital in traction for treatment of a broken leg, but the biggest concern is that he won’t be able to organize the traditional neighborhood effort by him and his pals to repair discarded toys between Thanksgiving and Christmas for distribution to needy children.