Today is Sunday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2003. There are 325 days left in the year. On this date in 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ends with an American victory over Japanese forces.
In 1825, the House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams president after no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes. In 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elects Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau is established. In 1933, the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University endorses, 275-153, a motion stating "that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country," a stand widely denounced by Britons. In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charges the State Department is riddled with Communists. In 1971, the "Apollo 14" spacecraft returns to Earth after man's third landing on the moon. In 1983, in a dramatic reversal from 50 years earlier (see above), the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University rejects, 416-187, a motion "that this House would not fight for Queen and Country." In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov dies at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he is succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko. In 2001, a U.S. Navy submarine collides with a Japanese fishing boat off the Hawaiian coast, killing nine men and boys aboard the boat.
February 9, 1978: Teacher union officials frankly admit that they don't know where they will get the money to pay the fines incurred by the Brookfield Federation of Teachers for its recent strike action. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Donald R. Ford has fined the union and its members $64,000 for defying court orders.
The Hermitage Board of Commissioners votes 3-2 to join with Sharpsville Borough to study the feasibility of combining police departments.
Youngstown district schools will be closed by March 2 when coal supplies will reach a 20-day supply unless the nationwide coal strike is settled.
Auto production at General Motors Corp.'s assembly division at Lordstown returns to normal following a three-day shutdown because of a lack of parts due to inclement weather. Production of 3,360 cars was lost.
February 9, 1963: A masked gunman fires two shots into a crowded Loblaw supermarket at 886 Midlothian Blvd. after the store manager turns and runs back into the store after being confronted by the robber as the manager was walking to his car with a bank deposit bag.
Rebel firing squads execute Iraq's overthrown premier, Abdel Kerim Kassem, and three of his top lieutenants, Baghdad radio announces.
The pending sale of the State Theater in downtown Youngstown is halted by a temporary injunction ordered at the request of Robins Enterprises Co. of Warren, which claims a prior agreement of purchase.
February 9, 1953: The Metz Supermarket in Columbus is the scene of a near riot as it sells 7,000 pound of New Zealand round, sirloin and T-bone steaks at 39 cents a pound.
"There are 21 well-defined types of 'heart trouble' and as research goes forward the list of new life-saving drugs grows longer," Dr. H. E. Hatthorn, representing the Mahoning Medical Society, says during a roundtable discussion on WFMJ. The Youngstown Heart Association opens a campaign for $30,000 in February.
Youngstown detectives are searching for a Girard man accused of throwing acid in the face of a 29-year-old woman at the rear of a North Side restaurant. ,
February 9, 1928: Judge George H. Gessner rules that Mayor Heffernan does not have the power to remove traction Commissioner Harry Engle.
Following receipt of reports that a number of local clubs are violating the liquor laws, Mayor Joseph L. Heffernan issues orders to Wallace T. Metcalfe, head of the city vice squad, to "go out and get the clubs."
"Peoples of different creeds are rapidly learning to understand each other better than in past years," the Rev. J. F. C. Soller, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, says at the meeting of the Social Workers' Study club, which met in the Brier Hill church.