Today is Monday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2005. There are 327 days left in the year. On this date in 1812, author Charles Dickens is born in Portsmouth, England.
In 1904, a fire begins in Baltimore that rages for about 30 hours and destroys more than 1,500 buildings. In 1936, President Roosevelt authorizes a flag for the office of the vice president. In 1944, during World War II, the Germans launche a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy. In 1944, Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records in Los Angeles. In 1964, The Beatles begin their first American tour as they arrive at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. In 1971, women in Switzerland win the right to vote. In 1974, the island nation of Grenada wins independence from Britain. In 1984, space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart go on the first untethered space walk. In 1986, Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees his country, ending 28 years of his family's rule. In 1999, Jordan's King Hussein dies of cancer at age 63; he is succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.
February 7, 1980: The National May Day Committee pays a turbulent first visit to Youngstown, and even though 10 of its members ended up in jail, the group vows to return to Youngstown with its protests advocating the overthrow of capitalism.
The Ohio House of Representatives overrides Gov. James A. Rhodes veto of legislation extending unemployment benefits 13 weeks for persons who lost the jobs due to plant closings, but an override in the Senate appears unlikely.
Rep. Richard Kelly of Florida admits taking $25,000 from undercover FBI agents conducting a bribery investigation, but says he did so as part of his own personal inquiry into wrongdoing by unidentified "shady characters."
February 7, 1965: Msgr. John J. Lettau, chancellor of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese, and Mrs. Pauline Botty, chairman of Youngstown University's sociology department, receive the annual B'nai B'rith Brotherhood awards at Rodef Sholom Temple, Elm and Woodbine.
David Culliver and Joe Nigro combine for 50 points to lead Youngstown University's Penguins to a 91-84 victory over Parsons College of Iowa at South Field House.
Victoria Ann Juvrud of Blue Ridge Drive, Poland, sails on the SS United States for France, where the Vanderbilt student will study for a semester at the University of Aix-en-Provence.
February 7, 1955: Moving day at the Mahoning County Jail goes off without a hitch as 52 prisoners are transferred in about an hour from the county lock up, which will be demolished, to the city jail.
Youngstown police are looking for a hit-skip motorist who ran down 16-year-old Jack Kelly in Atkinson Avenue, leaving the boy to crawl with a broken leg more than 100 yards to the nearest home for help. He is in fair condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Playing at the Copa Club, 1214 Wilson Ave., recording artists the Four Coins, shows at 11 p.m. and 1:15 a.m. every night for a week.
February 7, 1930: The construction by the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. of a $10 million continuous sheet mill at its Brier Hill Works will increase by thousands of tons the annual finishing capacity of Youngstown district steel plants.
Five hundred Boy Scouts march to the grave of Henry Stambaugh, donor of the Stambaugh Boy Scout Reservation, and place a wreath upon his grave.
Five hundred iron and steel men from Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and other steel centers open a three-day conference of the association of Iron and Steel Electrical Engineers at the Hotel Ohio in Youngstown.