Following the happenings of The News-Herald Community Media Lab, as well as the library and archive, where we're digging to find historic people, places, events and things to see how much the times have changed or how much they have stayed the same.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
This day in area sports history: Dec. 31
1986: Mike Baab practices despite stretched knee ligaments as the Browns get ready for their AFC playoff game against the Jets with training in Vero Beach, Fla.
If not, this front page from two days later should jog your memory:
Nearly nine months after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces near Tikrit, Iraq.
Do you remember where you were when either of those events happened?
A freshman at Ohio University, I watched footage of the invasion with my dorm neighbors, one of whom was dating someone in the armed forces. On Dec. 14, at home for winter break, I woke to a phone call from my then-boyfriend (who was on his way out of the Army): "Merry Christmas: They got Saddam!"
Did you think then that the U.S. would still be in Iraq eight years later?
On Oct. 21, President Barack Obama announced all U.S. troops would be leaving Iraq by the end of the year, declaring an end to the Iraq war, according to The Associated Press. Watch his announcement below:
1951: Barons rookie Ike Hildebrand scores the go-ahead goal with two minutes remaining to propel his team to a 4-3 win over visiting Pittsburgh, 4-3, their first victory over the Hornets in five tries.
1998: Four area football standouts earn Divisions V-VI All-Ohio honors — Berkshire wide receiver Adam Gonczy, Hawken defensive lineman Jim Dempsey, Newbury running back Justin Yates and Richmond Heights punter Joe Catanese.
2005: Joe O’Donnell scores 20 points and Mark Warmeling records a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds as Ledgemont rides a 26-point fourth quarter to a 59-45 boys basketball win over Conneaut.