Today is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2003. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. On this date in 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor is established. (It is divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.)
In 1778, the American ship "Ranger" carries the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrives in France. In 1899, Congress approves, and President McKinley signs, legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections. In 1912, Arizona becomes the 48th state of the Union. In 1920, the League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago; its first president was Maude Wood Park. In 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" takes place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang are gunned down. In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador join the United Nations. In 1962, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts a televised tour of the White House. In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police. In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous.
February 14, 1978: Development of a 260-acre site at McKay's Corners in Boardman into an $18.5 million project of homes, apartments and commercial activity will begin with an initial expenditure of several million dollars within 60 days, the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. announces.
The first "automatic" seatbelt to be offered on a U.S. built car will be introduced by General Motors on the subcompact Chevrolet Chevette. The passive restraint system, which closes automatically around the driver when the door closes, will be offered as an option.
Mahoning County is one of nine in Ohio the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowing to burn high-sulphur coal after the agency suspended air pollution limitations during the state's energy crisis.
February 14, 1963: A parking ban to ease a traffic bottleneck at Market St. and Indianola Ave. is order by 6th Ward Councilman George L. Stowe. Traffic coordinator John F. Pletnik expects to have markers in place within a day.
The Youngstown district's so-called "unfavorable labor climate, which has caused some firms to move away and others to avoid coming here is not such an overwhelming problem," John A. Logan, president of Ajax Magnethermic Corp., says.
Fire rages through the historic Aurora Inn, an old stagecoach stop. The loss is estimated at $300,000 to the century-old building. Owners of the hotel say they will rebuild.
February 14, 1953: John Tod, president emeritus of the Youngstown Hospital Association, philanthropist and industrialist, dies at his residence, 711 Wick Ave., after a long illness. He was 82. He was born a son of Henry and Dillie Pollock Tod and shortly after graduating from Cornell College he helped form Falcon Bronze Co.
Ohio launches its sesquicentennial celebration in historic Wellsville with the driving of a golden spike in the Pennsylvania Railroad yard and the opening of an Ohio River Museum.
A $3 million addition to South Side Hospital will go into limited service in about six weeks, says Supt. David A. Endres at the annual meeting of the Youngstown Hospital Association.
February 14, 1928: A mother, apparently demented, walks quietly into a classroom at Mine School No. 5 on Mercer-Grove City Road, near Mercer, draws a razor and cuts her 7-year-old son across the throat in front of 25 classmates and his teacher. Lawrence McColl dies in a matter of minutes and his mother, Mrs. Jack McColl, is being held in nearby store, awaiting arrival of the sheriff.
Samuel Guardala of Campbell, indicted by the grand jury on a charge of malicious destruction of property in connection with the bombing of Mayor T. Roy Gordon's home, pleads not guilty.
In a wholesale cleanup of criminal cases in Judge George H. Gessner's court, eight persons who had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, highway robbery and carrying a concealed weapon are sentenced to terms ranging from 60 days in county jail to 25 years in the Ohio penitentiary.