Today is Friday, January 10, the 10th day of 2003. There are 355 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Friday, January 10, the 10th day of 2003. There are 355 days left in the year. On this date in 1776, Thomas Paine publishes his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense."
In 1863, London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opens to the public. In 1920, the League of Nations is established as the Treaty of Versailles goes into effect. In 1928, the Soviet Union orders the exile of Leon Trotsky. In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convenes in London. In 1957, Harold Macmillan becomes prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden. In 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, takes his seat. In 1980, former AFL-CIO President George Meany dies in Washington, D.C., at age 85.
January 10, 1978: Ohio Edison Co. asks its customers to cut electricity use because mechanical problems have reduced the utility's generating capacity in the midst of the areawide blizzard.
The Ohio National Guard arrives in Mahoning County to begin searching for and assisting lost and stranded drivers.
A 17-year-old Boardman girl escapes from a kidnapper after his car skids out of control on a snow-drifted Sharrott Road in Beaver Township. He had abducted the girl from the Southern Park Mall by impersonating a security officer.
January 10, 1963: As the mid-1960s approach, the Mahoning Valley has an ace in the hole, U.S. Rep Michael J. Kirwan, who returns to Washington to begin his 14th term in the House of Representatives, writes Vindicator Politics Editor Clingan Jackson. Kirwan could retire and collect a pension of $14,000, but chooses to earn his $22,500 salary.
Paul Brown's sudden firing as coach of the Cleveland Browns after 17 years at the helm gives rise to speculation that Otto Graham, his former star pupil, might succeed him.
Tuition will be increased $2 per semester hour at Youngstown University in the fall, bringing the cost to $18 per hour. Tuition was last increased in 1959, when a credit hour went from $12 to $16.
January 10, 1953: Andrew Diacich, age about 68, burns to death when fire guts his second-floor apartment above a barber shop on S. Walnut St.
Pope Pius issues a new apostolic constitution permitting bishops to authorize afternoon mass after 4 p.m. to accommodate workers who might not otherwise be able to get to church. He also rules that communicants may now take nourishment up to an hour before receiving communion. Previous rules called for a fast beginning at midnight.
WFMJ-TV will bring to Youngstown the top programs of the National Broadcasting Network, Leonard E. Nasman, business manager of WFMJ , tells the Kiwanis Club meeting at the YMCA.
January 10, 1928: A letter announcing that larger, faster and more reliable airplanes will be put on the Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh air mail route within the next few days and asking that the municipal airport be better fitted to take care of them is received by City Engineer George F. Turner.
Detectives David Thomas and William Reardon are suspended by Chief of Police J.J. McNicholas pending investigation of a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. The new chief would not provide specifics about the charges.
A tray of women's fancy diamond rings valued at $500 is stolen from Klivan's Jewelry store, 117 E. Federal St., after a brick is thrown through the display window about 4:40 a.m. Police responding to a burglar alarm found no trace of the thief.

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