Today is Thursday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2003. There are 321 days left in the year. On this date in 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., finds Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann is later executed.
In 1542, the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, is executed for adultery. In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, is founded in New York. In 1920, the League of Nations recognizes the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland. In 1945, during World War II, the Soviets capture Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans. In 1945, Allied planes begin bombing the German city of Dresden. In 1960, France explodes its first atomic bomb.
February 13, 1978: Two 15-year-old youths tell Youngstown police they were playing catch with a large rock when it fell from the Wick Avenue overpass and crashed through the windshield of a car on the Madison Avenue Expressway, killing 3-year-old Julian Morales of Campbell.
Steel imports to the Great Lakes region increased 70.2 percent in 1977, almost three times the rate at ports elsewhere in the country.
James Duerk, director of the Ohio Department of Economic Development, says the department has opened an office in Struthers City Hall to aid in attracting industries to Mahoning, Trumbull and Colum-biana counties.
February 13, 1963: Trumbull County Investigator Nick Albu makes a surprise visit to the county children's home next to Trumbull Memorial Hospital at 6:30 a.m. and finds conditions that he describes as "appalling." Staff members were eating fried eggs, fruit and sweet rolls while the children got just a donut or roll for breakfast.
A small structure resembling an old-fashioned outhouse is being built on the banks of the Mahoning River at Lowellville as part of the state's latest effort to monitor and control pollution of the river.
Warren officials are told that $85,000 in federal funds have been allocated for construction of two outlying fire stations. The city will have to match the grant with local money.
February 13, 1953: Common Pleas Judge John W. Ford rules that Youngstown Police Chief Edward Allen is within his rights in ordering city patrolmen to quit an American Federation of Labor union. He rules invalid an ordinance passed by city council in an attempt to overrule the police chief's prohibition of a police labor union.
The Polish Communist government seizes control of the entire hierarchy and administration of the Polish Roman Catholic Church. The move was an apparent reaction of the government to Pope Pius XII elevating Archbishop Stefan Wyszynski of Warsaw to cardinal.
Seats on the main floor of the Columbiana High School auditorium are virtually sold out for the third annual minstrel show being presented by the Booster Club. General admission to the balcony will be sold at the door.
February 13, 1928: Thomas H. Jenkins, municipal judge and former member of the board of education, dies unexpectedly shortly after noon of heart trouble at the home of his sister, Mrs. Grace Powell, 2227 Selma Ave.
Interest in aviation is increasing in Youngstown, says Carl Hanson, a distributor of airplanes in Northeast Ohio, and three Youngstown-area residents have bought private planes that carry the pilot and two passengers from him. The buyers are George Huffines of Chalmers Ave., William Stiles of Warren and Harry Cleaver of Uhrichsville.