Today is Monday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2005. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. On this date in 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" takes place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang are gunned down.
In 1778, the American ship "Ranger" carries the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrives in France. In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor is established. (It is divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.) In 1920, the League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago; its first president is Maude Wood Park. In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador join the United Nations. In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police. In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones becomes the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lives until November 1990). In 1985, Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage by extremists in Lebanon, is freed. In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous.
February 14, 1980: Robert DeCerbo, 36, is killed by two shotgun blasts fired through the window as he sat in the living room of his home at 10950 New Buffalo Road, Beaver Township, watching television. DeCerbo had survived the bombing of his car in 1978.
Niles school officials propose a school reorganization plan that they believe will save enough to balance the budget through 1980 and possibly 1981. Closing Jefferson Elementary School and eliminating 15 to 19 jobs is the key to the plan.
February 14, 1965: Trustees of the Youngstown Hospital Association create the post of trustee emeritus to honor distinguished service on the board and name William F. Maag Jr., editor and publisher of The Vindicator, as the first man to be so honored.
Gary Seems, 8, of Lake Milton drowns after he and a companion fell through the ice while playing on the ice covering a bay behind a commercial skating rink of E. River Road.
February 14, 1955: Five Youngstown area taverns and clubs are cited by state liquor agents for after-hours operations. Early morning raids throughout northeastern Ohio were coordinated by state enforcement chief Edward Allen, former Youngstown police chief.
George H. Johnson, 87, dies when flames sweep through his cottage at 1310 Edwards St. His is the sixth death due to fire in Youngstown so far in 1955.
February 14, 1930: A special prosecutor says Melvin Horst, the 4-year-old Wooster boy who disappeared 14 months ago, was slain by one of two men, each of whom now accuses the other, the very day that the boy disappeared. Melvin's body has not yet been found.
Plans to subscribe funds to aid in obtaining new industries for Youngstown instead of spending large sums in a national advertising campaign will be studied by the Chamber of Commerce. Several cities have rotating funds that are used to obtain sites or erect buildings to attract industry.