Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2003. There are 361 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2003. There are 361 days left in the year. On this date in 1896, Utah is admitted as the 45th state.
In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, dies in Emmitsburg, Md. In 1885, Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performs what's believed to have been the first appendectomy on 22-year-old Mary Gartside. In 1948, Britain grants independence to Burma. In 1951, during the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces capture the city of Seoul. In 1960, French author Albert Camus dies in an automobile accident at age 46. In 1965, President Johnson outlines the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union Address.
January 4, 1978: The work force at the Mahoning County engineer's work force will go on a four-day work week until Summer to make up for a $750,000 deficit in motor-vehicle tax money from the state. County Engineer Michael Fitas says he chose the short work week for all over laying off some.
Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley calls for President Carter to visit the Mahoning Valley to see for himself what the drastic cutback of a steel mill can do to a local economy.
The new year opens with a rate increase of $10 to $25 at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital. The new rate will be $125 per day for a private room, $105 for semi-private.
January 4, 1963: An estimated 425 mink pelts valued between $8,000 and $10,000 are stolen from the Burns Mink Farm in Lowellville-Hubbard Road, Lowellville. Another $30,000 worth of pelts were untouched in the basement of Richard Burns Jr., owner and operator.
The Youngstown area records its second serious sledding mishap in as many days when a 20-year-old Canfield girl slams into a tree on a steep hill at Camp Stambaugh.
Roland Schweinsburg, 64, of 310 W. Rayen Ave., widely known district artist is found dead at his home. He had been ill for sometime. He made the federal art project depicting a pottery that hangs in the East Liverpool Post Office and had several one-man shows at Butler Institute of American Art.
January 4, 1953: A resolution expressing the need for additional public housing in Youngstown and stating that all citizens have derived benefits from Westlake Terrace is passed unanimously by the directors of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Youngstown College enters 1953 looking forward to early completion of its biggest project in recent years, a $1 million library that will house the college's 70,000 books and have space for 180,000 more.
"Tales of the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys," a series of 15-minute dramatizations presented weekly over all three Youngstown radio stations, airs an account of a fabulous baseball game played in 1869 at Poland, Ohio, between the Poland Resolutes and the New Lisbon Olympics.
January 4, 1928: Mrs. Frank Sourbeck, 68, of 230 Hughes St., is found burned to death in the furnace room of her home. It is thought that she attempted to start a fire in the furnace using coal oil and the can exploded.
The Sharon Steel Hoop Co. , with plants at Sharon and Lowellville, announces that a contract has been awarded for enlargement of the pickling department and a $1 million cold roll strip plant is being contemplated at the Sharon mill.
After prowlers are reported at the homes of Youngstown Mayor Joseph Heffernan and State Prohibition Officer Eugene Callen, both officials announce that they will shoot anyone found snooping about their homes after dark.

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