Today is Saturday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2005. There are 329 days left in the year. On this date in 1937, President Roosevelt proposes increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court; critics accuse Roosevelt of attempting to "pack" the high court.
In 1631, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrive in Boston from England. In 1881, Phoenix, Ariz., is incorporated. In 1917, Congress passes, over President Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians. In 1917, Mexico's constitution is adopted. In 1958, Gamel Abdel Nasser is formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic. In 1962, French President Charles De Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence. In 1973, services are held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, the last American soldier killed before the Vietnam cease-fire. In 1981, a military jury in North Carolina convicts Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, is brought to Lyon, France, to stand trial. (He is convicted and sentenced to life in prison -- he dies in 1991.) In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and is immediately sentenced to life in prison. (Beckwith dies Jan. 21, 2001, at age 80.)
February 5, 1980: The executive director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission says the addition of 21 new interchanges, four in the Youngstown-Warren area, is being considered.
U.S. Steel officials, testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Small Business, says the company will not sell its Youngstown Works to an employee-backed coalition seeking government loan guarantees.
Richard P. Turkiewicz, a former New York State policeman, is named director of campus security at Youngstown State University.
February 5, 1965: Atty. Joseph Donofrio, who is seeking a municipal judgeship on an independent ticket, submits his resignation as Youngstown police prosecutor.
Mrs. Emma Shilling marks her 103rd birthday with a quiet family celebration at her home, 69 Hawthorne St., Struthers. She is the city's oldest resident.
A fire believed to have been started by defective wiring destroys 16 show ponies at the Jesse Mercure Stables on Boardman Street in New Waterford.
February 5, 1955: Joseph J. Beshara, 39, of Gibson Street, Youngstown, is fined $400 in federal court in Cleveland for failing to buy a $50 federal gambling tax stamp.
Common Pleas Judge Harold B. Doyle rejects claims of prejudice filed against Municipal Court Judge Robert B. Nevin by two men facing trial before Nevin on numbers charges. Nevin had been quoted in a newspaper article as saying that he would give the men the maximum penalty if they were found guilty.
The Youngstown Civil Liberties Union issues a statement saying it could find no evidence "of any violation of civil rights or liberties" in the operation of Local 87, Plumbers & amp; Steamfitters Union (AFL). Two men had accused the union of refusing to recognize their union cards because they had given testimony against the union in a dispute before the NLRB.
February 5, 1930: A group of 25 local coal dealers complain to Youngstown City Council that traffic Commissioner Carl Olson, who also operates a coal business in Youngstown, is using his uniform to solicit business in an illegal and unethical manner.
Virginia Yuhasz, 7, and Margaret Yuhasz, 12, who were burned to death at their home near Conneaut, will be returned to Youngstown, where they were born, for funeral services at the Hungarian Reformed Church on Mahoning Avenue.
John N. Willys, president of the Willlys-Knight Motor Co., tells President Hoover that the automobile industry expects to produce 500,000 more automobiles in 1930 than in 1929.