Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2003. There are 328 days left in the year. On this date in 1952, Britain's King George VI dies; he is succeeded as reigning monarch by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
In 1756, America's third vice president, Aaron Burr, is born in Newark, N.J. In 1778, the United States wins official recognition from France with the signing of treaties in Paris. In 1788, Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1895, baseball legend Babe Ruth is born in Baltimore. In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain is ratified by the U.S. Senate. In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the so-called "lame duck" amendment, is declared in effect. In 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquits actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape. In 1959, the United States successfully test-fires for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral. In 1978, Muriel Humphrey takes the oath of office as a United States senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey. In 1991, comedian and television performer Danny Thomas dies in Los Angeles at age 79.
February 6, 1978: Crime defies the Youngstown Police Department's ability to stem its flow, increasing 7.9 percent overall in 1977 and causing losses to people and commerce of $1.7 million.
Albert Calderon, inventor of the energy-saving J-pipe process, presents preliminary findings of a study indicating that steel could once again be made at a profit at the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s Campbell Works.
The Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio launches its 1978 advertising campaign at Ramada Inn using the theme "Go Bananas."
Four men lay waste to the Crystal Tavern, 2600 Glenwood Ave., because the bartender refuses to serve them.
February 6, 1963: Gov. James A. Rhodes calls a halt to planning for highway projects throughout the state, including $12 million worth of work that had been anticipated in the Youngstown District.
Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard is returned to the Ohio Penitentiary from Marion Correctional Institution after being accused of violating rules at the medium security prison by exchanging fervent embraces and passionate expressions of undying love with his pen-pal fianc & eacute;, Ariane Tebbenjohanns of Germany. It was the first time the two met.
Two young bandits striking within a half-hour hold up and rob attendants at the Colonial Hotel in W. Federal St. and the Youngstown Hotel, escaping with $235.
February 6, 1953: A 7th-grade Girard student, Floyd Milligan, on school patrol risks his life in saving four of five classmates from being injured as a hit-skip car crashes a red light and heads toward the group of students in the center of State Street in Girard. The fifth student George Estes, 13, is knocked down by the speeding car and injured. Milligan not only pushed the four other students to safety, but got the license number of the fleeing car, resulting in the arrest of a Youngstown man.
Four Youngstown teenagers, 14 and 15 year old, are sentenced to an indeterminate number of weekends to be spent at the Mahoning County detention home. The boys did $1,200 worth of vandalism to fencing and a new comfort station at Schenley Park.
February 6, 1928: Declaring that Division Street is a county road and Youngstown has no authority to vacate a county thoroughfare, Atty. Fred J. Helm asks that city council be enjoined from passing legislation for the Division Street bridge.
Youngstown police are searching for three 13-year-old girls and a 14-year-old who are believed to have run away together after leaving their homes Sunday afternoon, purportedly to go to a picture show.
William A. Hutcheson, 22, of Struthers, indicted for murder in the first degree with Oakley Ross and Cecil Bell in connection with the slaying of Youngstown Patrolman Henry A. Clemens on Dec. 4, pleads guilty to second degree murder. He is sentenced to serve the remainder of his natural life at the Mansfield reformatory.