Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2002. There are 352 days left in the year.
On this date in 1794, President Washington approves a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. (The number of stripes is later reduced to 13 again.)
In 1864, com poser Stephen Foster dies in New York. In 1893, Britain's Independent Labor Party (a precursor to the current Labor Party) holds its first meeting. In 1898, Emile Zola's famous defense of Cap tain Alfred Dreyfus, "J'accuse," is published in Paris. In 1941, novelist James Joyce dies in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1966, Robert C. Weaver becomes the first black Cabinet member as he is appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1976, Sarah Caldwell becomes the first woman to conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera House as she leads a performance of "La Traviata." In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey dies in Waverly, Minn., at age 66. In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge after takeoff and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 people. In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation's first elected black governor as he takes the oath of office in Richmond. In 1992, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian negotiators begin historic talks in Washington on Palestinian autonomy.
January 13, 1977: Three teen-agers are bound to the Mahoning County grand jury to be treated as adults because of the gravity of the charges against each one of aggravated murder. They are charged with robbing the Brothers Food Market and killing one of the owners, Mus tafa Abbas, 50.
Sharon City Council passes a 1977 operation budget of $2.88 million, calling for a one-mill property tax increase by a vote of 4-1.
Youngstown Mayor Jack Hunter says a good job offer could persuade him to leave office early should he decide not to seek a fifth term as mayor. George Vukovich, the Democrat who ran a close race for mayor in 1975, says he will run again for the city's highest office.
January 13, 1962: A car crashes into the Midway Tavern on Route 30 in Hanoverton, killing a customer, Earl McIntosh, 44, and injuring four others, including the driver of the car.
Three unmasked, long-haired youths, described as & quot;typical movie juvenile delinquents, & quot; stage an $1,800 robbery at Shultz & amp; Son Marine Supply on Boardman-Poland Road. One youth was armed with a snub-nosed .38 revolver.
Ernie Kovacs, 42, the cigar-chomping comedian who rose to fame in five brief years, is killed when his Corvair station wagon skids on wet pavement and smashes into a pole in Los Angeles.
January 13, 1952: Police Chief Edward J. Allen orders that city policemen can no longer accept part-time jobs as police on their off-duty hours.
The United Engineering and Foundry Co. is given a $3 million order for rolling mill equipment that will be installed at Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube's $140 million Indiana Harbor works.
Thirty-four members of the Mahoning County civil defense ground observer corps participate in an & quot;air raid & quot; warning test staged over the entire Great Lakes region. The Youngstown District, whose busy steel mills are a No. 1 target for an enemy, is listed as an important defense area.
January 13, 1927: Youngstown Mayor Charles F. Scheible denounces Atty. Clyde Osborne's accusation of a bootleg conspiracy as a publicity move. "He has made a similar charge once before and didn't prove it, and he can't prove this one, & quot; the mayor said.
David M. Davis, 78, is suffocated by smoke in a fire that guts his home at 36 Thornton Ave., Youngstown. He was starting a fire in the furnace when there was an explosion.
Youngstown bookmakers on horse races are given a warning by Chief of Police Kedgwin H. Powell and Prosecutor Thomas that if they do not cease all activities at once, drastic action will be taken.