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Today In History


Today is the 318th day of 2017 and the 54th day of autumn.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1851, the first American edition of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" was published.

In 1889, New York World reporter Nellie Bly set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days, inspired by Jules Verne. It took her 72 days.

In 1995, the U.S. federal government temporarily closed national parks and museums as a result of a budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

In 2008, the first G-20 economic summit began in Washington, D.C.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Fulton (1765-1815), inventor; Claude Monet (1840-1926), painter; Aaron Copland (1900-1990), composer; Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957), politician; Ed White (1930-1967), astronaut; Wendy Carlos (1939- ), composer; P.J. O'Rourke (1947- ), journalist/author; Prince Charles (1948- ), Prince of Wales; Condoleezza Rice (1954- ), former secretary of state; Yanni (1954- ), musician; Patrick Warburton (1964- ), actor; Curt Schilling (1966- ), baseball player; Josh Duhamel (1972- ), actor; Betsy Brandt (1973- ), actress.

TODAY'S FACT: In 1910, the first airplane takeoff from the deck of a ship occurred near Hampton Roads, Virginia.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, a plane carrying 37 Marshall University football players, as well as the team's coach, doctors, athletic director and 25 team boosters, crashed outside an airport near Huntington, West Virginia, killing all on board.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Keeping house is as unpleasant and filthy as coal mining, and the pay's a lot worse." -- P.J. O'Rourke, "The Bachelor Home Companion"

TODAY'S NUMBER: $87.3 million -- highest amount paid for an original Claude Monet painting. "Le Bassin aux Nympheas" was sold at a Christie's auction in London on June 24, 2008.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Nov. 10) and new moon (Nov. 18).

Leadington, Park Hills hold meetings today

The Leadington Board of Aldermen and the Park Hills City Council will hold their regular monthly meetings tonight. 


The Leadington Board of Aldermen will discuss filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Alderman Brad Luckey when it meets in regular session at 6 p.m. tonight in the municipal building, located at 12 Weir St.

Luckey was elected to his first two-year term in April. He and his family recently moved to a new home in Farmington, making him ineligible to serve on the board.

In old business, the board will discuss the selling of a city-owned dump truck.

Under new business, the aldermen will consider approval of several requests that includes installation of a new sign by Leadington Baptist Church, as well as a zoning change and possible fire department equipment purchases.

Members will also choose a new designated signee for city Certificates of Deposit (CDs), the placing of an election notice in the newspaper, selling inherited property on Henderson Street in Park Hills, ODACs random drug testing program, Christmas cards, TIF expenses submitted by Gilmore Bell, and the city’s liability and property insurance through MOPERM.

Two ordinances, one amending a zoning district and the other relocation of tax dollars for TIF, will also be discussed and voted on.

The meeting is open to the public.

Park Hills

The Park Hills City Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers. 

Several public hearings will be held. Hearings will be held to gather input on a request to rezone recently annexed property located at 915 Fifth Street to M-1; a request to vacate an unimproved alley in the 600 block of Missouri and Pennsylvania Streets; a request to vacate a portion of an unnamed street located at 716 West Buckley; a request to amend Chapter 400 of the municipal code; and a request for a special use permit to operate a bed and breakfast from an accessory structure at 32 Hill Street.

The council will also discuss and approve an agreement with DNR; and a bill regarding trash bag limits.

The council will set additional public hearing dates; discuss purchase of a utility department vehicle; consider reappointment of municipal judge; vote on a bill regarding sidewalk sales; and vote on an ordinance providing for transfer of surplus property to the Park Hills Industrial Development Association.