Today is Saturday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2003. There are 326 days left in the year. On this date in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America is incorporated.
In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War begins. In 1915, D.W. Griffith's silent movie epic about the Civil War, "The Birth of a Nation," premieres in Los Angeles. In 1922, President Harding has a radio installed in the White House. In 1924, the first execution by gas in the United States takes place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. In 1968, three college students are killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley. In 1973, Senate leaders name seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal. In 1974, the three-man crew of the Skylab space station returns to Earth after spending 84 days in space. In 1978, the deliberations of the Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time as members open debate on the Panama Canal treaties. In 1989, 144 people are killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slams into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores. In 1992, the 16th Olympic Winter Games open in Albertville, France.
February 8, 1978: Youngstown City Council is considering an appropriation of $25,000 to hire the city's first health commissioner in more than five years.
Power cutbacks caused by a national coal strike have darkened freeways and may bring steel plan layoffs in the Youngstown area.
A member of the Community Development Agency Citizens Advisory Committee says that Curtis McCullum has bullied agency employees and threatened reprisals against the committee in his first week as CDA deputy director of monitoring and evaluation.
Canfield City Manager Chris Paparodis makes simultaneous disclosures of his own resignation and his dismissal of Police Chief John Jordan. City Council apparently approves of both changes.
February 8, 1963: A proposal is being formed by a group of Milton Township residents to persuade Youngstown officials to turn over Lake Milton to Milton Township trustees for $1. About 75 persons attended a meeting of the Lake Milton Improvement Club and Lake Milton Chamber of Commerce.
The State Highway Patrol is cracking down on drivers who operate cars and trucks with dirty windshields or who drive when visibility is limited with nothing more than their parking lights on. In most cases, drivers will be given a warning, but arrests could be made in extreme circumstances.
An expected shift of an arctic air mass brings frigid air into the Youngstown area, establishing a new record low for the date of minus 6 at the Youngstown Municipal Airport.
February 8, 1953: President Eisenhower announces he will nominate Mrs. Clare Boothe Luce as ambassador to Italy, and Senate confirmation is likely.
Former President Herbert Hoover, 78, enters a hospital in Miami with an attack of influenza.
The London Sunday Pictorial, in a front page editorial, says the first 19 days of the Eisenhower administration have been & quot;disastrous & quot; and have caused a crisis between Britain and the United States.
Football star William P. & quot;Bill & quot; McPeak begins his duties as a Lawrence County, Pa., detective, but expects to continue in professional football. The 26-year-old New Castle native has completed his fourth year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team he joined after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was team captain in 1946 ad 1948.
February 8, 1928: A petition to widen Wickliffe Blvd. 20 feet from Meridian Road to Raccoon Road is circulated at a meeting of the Wickliffe Improvement Club.
The Youngstown city building will be closed Monday, Feb. 12, in honor of Lincoln's birthday, it is announced by Burt Newman, building commissioner.
Henry Dysart, chief of police of New Castle, is demoted to the ranks of patrolman following a recommendation made to city council by Mayor William H. Gilespie. The new mayor had vowed to reorganize the police department when he took office.