Today is Sunday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2003. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. On this date in 1653, New Amsterdam -- now New York City -- is incorporated.
In 1536, the Argentine city of Buenos Aires is founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain. In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, is signed. In 1870, the "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., is revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum. In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs is formed in New York. In 1882, Irish poet and novelist James Joyce is born near Dublin. In 1897, fire destroys the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse is dedicated on the same site nine years later.) In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrender in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II. In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill depart Malta for the summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin. In 1971, Idi Amin assumes power in Uganda, following a coup that ousts President Milton Obote. In 1996, dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly dies at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home; he was 83.
February 2, 1978: A multi-level parking deck next to the Trumbull County Administration Building is to be the first step in the county's 10-year takeover of the 100 block of High Street N.W., Commissioner Lyle Williams reveals.
Plans for construction of a high-rise building for the elderly and a related intermediate care facility are announced by New Castle Mayor Francis J. Rogan and St. Francis Hospital. The project will cost between $3 million and $4.5 million and will be built south of the hospital's school of nursing on S. Mercer St.
Repair crews bog down in the snow, complicating efforts to restore service to 30,000 western Mahoning County residents who have been without water for a day.
Youngstown, Warren and Niles set in motion plans to reduce government consumption of electricity, setting an example they hope will lead to stingier use of electricity by homeowners.
February 2, 1963: A cold front packing arctic air and snow plummets temperatures from the 45-degree range to 10 above zero downtown and 5 above at the Youngstown Municipal Airport.
Campbell Patrolman Odell Eddings is sent home after refusing to book four persons arrested following simultaneous raids on two liquor cheat spots.
Ursuline High School's basketball team, assured of no less than a tie in the City Series, has its first chance at an outright claim to the crown spoiled by Chaney, 58-56, in a thriller before 2,100 fans at the Field House.
February 2, 1953: A building permit is issued by Salem Mayor Harry M. Vincent to the First National Bank for remodeling and expansion that will cost an estimated $90,000.
Twentieth Century-Fox is converting to a new photographic and sound system called cinemascope that is, a spokesman says, so realistic "a guy in the eighth row can kiss Marilyn Monroe."
Mahoning Sheriff Paul J. Langley sends a 70-year-old man convicted of trespassing back to city jail "because he was lousy and dirty" and says he will refuse prisoners from municipal court unless they are clean.
February 2, 1928: Battle lines are forming at City Hall after Mayor Joseph Heffernan announces that he is firing Traction Commissioner Harry Engle. Friends and backers of both men come calling to offer their support and encouragement.
Whether the new Central Savings and Loan Co. building on the Public Square will be 13 or 15 stories high depends on the results of a survey of the property. At 15 stories, it would be the tallest building in Youngstown.
An airplane owned by the Beardsley-Piper Co. of Chicago crashes on the Sharon Country Club golf course, badly injuring a Chicago passenger. The pilot escaped injury.
Col. Joseph H. Thompson, 57, World War hero and former owner of the Youngstown News Agency, dies at his home in Beaver Falls, Pa., succumbing to injuries suffered in the war. He was decorated by the French, British, Belgian and Italian governments for bravery in the face of the enemy and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Bishop Alexander D. Mann, bishop of Pittsburgh will officiate the funeral.