Today is Wednesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2003. There are 322 days left in the year. On this date in 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is born in present-day Larue County, Ky.
In 1733, English colonists led by James Oglethorpe found Savannah, Ga. In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gain the right to vote. In 1892, President Lincoln's birthday is declared a national holiday. In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded. In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial is laid in Washington, D.C. In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premieres in New York. In 1968, "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver is first published. In 1973, the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict takes place. In 1983, composer-pianist Eubie Blake, who wrote such songs as "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Memories of You," dies in New York City, five days after turning 100. In 1999, the Senate votes to acquit President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.
February 12, 1978: Although there are unmet goals, Hugh Frost, the affirmative action officer at Youngstown State University, believes the school is within federal guidelines in its good faith effort to reach an enrollment that includes 10 percent of black students.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is monitoring Mahoning Valley gas well drilling operations following the deaths of four well drillers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Portage counties in 18 months.
A steel sculpture by an artist of repute nationally or regionally will grace the Federal Plaza West Extension through the efforts of the Youngstown Area Arts Council, which has set a funding goal of $50,000.
February 12, 1963: U.S. Treasury Department agents, armed with federal warrants, arrest a Youngstown attorney and three other men, including the son of a city policeman, in a crackdown on counterfeit operations.
The legality of using Youngstown Transit buses as school buses is being questioned after the death of a 7-year-old Arden Blvd. boy who got off the bus that was bringing him from Kirkmere School and darted into the path of a passing car. Robert Easton was killed instantly.
The 10th District Court of Appeals issues an injunction barring Gov. James A. Rhodes from enforcing an administrative order that Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays should be "business as usual" days.
February 12, 1953: Two gunmen rob the wife of the owner of the Weiss Food Market, 935 W. Federal St., and flee with over $400 in cash. Mrs. Bertha Weiss tells police the two men, one tall, one short, entered the store separately, then the taller man pulled an automatic pistol when it was clear no one else was in the store.
A 29-year-old New Castle man is killed instantly when his car crashes into the lead truck of a five-truck U.S. Navy convoy in Route 224 near Poland. Killed was George DeMarco of Sunny Village Trailer Court, New Castle.
In their 15th annual meeting, the Friends of Youngstown College Library launch their 1953 campaign for $10,000 to buy books for the college.
February 12, 1928: The fact that the Youngstown Hospital Association treated almost one-half of the patients admitted during 1927 for less than cost is one of the reasons advanced why the city should lend its cooperation in the construction of the proposed sewer from the end of Guadalupe Ave. to Gypsy Lane, where the North Side unit of the hospital is to be constructed.
The Build-a-Home First movement that swept Cleveland for a period of six months is inaugurated in Youngstown at a meeting of the Realty Security Co. Members of a temporary committee are Frank L. Hearn, H.S. Warwick, Paul M. Ludt, Russell McKay, Herbert Owens and S.A. Arnold.
Henri Verbrugghen conducts the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in the fourth concert of the Monday Musical Club season at Stambaugh Auditorium. The orchestra, in its 25th season, last appeared in Youngstown in 1916.