Today is Monday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2004. There are 347 days left in the year. This is the

Today is Monday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2004. There are 347 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance. On this date in 1807, Robert E. Lee, the commander in chief of the Confederate armies, is born in Stratford, Va.
In 1736, James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, is born in Scotland. In 1809, author Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston. In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome. In 1861, Georgia secedes from the Union. In 1944, the federal government relinquishes control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute. In 1955, a presidential news conference is filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower. In 1966, Indira Gandhi is elected prime minister of India. In 1970, President Nixon nominates G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination is defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views. In 1977, in one of his last acts of office, President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American who had made wartime broadcasts for Japan. In 1981, the United States and Iran sign an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 American hostages held more than 14 months.
January 19, 1979: Israeli troops punch eight miles into southeast Lebanon and destroy two Palestinian guerrilla bases less than 24 hours after a guerrilla bomb injured 21 Israelis in a Jerusalem market.
More than 40 policemen from Youngstown and Austintown raid 13 bars and homes in Mahoning and Trumbull counties making 57 arrests and confiscating a variety of weapons, explosives and drugs.
Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley and staff representatives for Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Lyle Williams are turned away from a meeting called to discuss the prospects of keeping Jones & amp; Laughlin's Brier Hill Works open.
January 19, 1964: Mahoning and Trumbull County authorities confiscate stolen property that may be worth several thousand dollars from a gun shop on Route 5 in Kinsman. Confiscated goods include guns, appliances, silverware, diamonds, golf clubs and cameras taken in burglaries in Coitsville and Liberty.
Plans are unveiled for a $350 million world trade center to be built in New York, with twin towers of 110 stories, which would soar 100 feet above the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building.
More than 600 persons are expected at the 49th annual Mahoning Valley McKinley Club dinner in the McKinley Memorial building in Niles. National GOP Chairman William E. Miller will be the featured speaker.
January 19, 1954: General Motors is backing its faith in America with a billion-dollar plant-expansion program. About $1 million of that of that amount will be spent on a copper rod plant at the Packard Electric Division in Warren.
Youngstown public schools should be used as a selling point in attracting new industries and retaining old ones, says George W. Brown, board of education member. The school district is spending $7 million to remodel and recondition its school buildings.
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January 19, 1929: Youngstown police are seeking two men who burst into the home of Peter Guilo at Ravenna and without warning kill Guilo and his wife. Police believe the shooting involved a bootlegging dispute and that assailants, from Cleveland, fled to Youngstown.
The Youngstown Hospital Association reports that 15,667 persons were treated and 7,267 were admitted as patients at the main hospital in 1928.
Peter G. Cameron, state commission of banking in Pennsylvania, files a certificate of possession in Mercer against the Peoples Bank of Farrell, which closed its doors after a "run" on the institution by depositors. The "run" was sparked by the bankruptcy of the Farrell Dry Goods Co., of which Sol Kusminsky, a member of the bank board of directors, is president.

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