Today is Tuesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2005. There are 319 days left in the year. On this date in 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag is unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
In 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa. In 1764, the city of St. Louis is established. In 1820, American suffragist Susan B. Anthony is born in Adams, Mass. In 1879, President Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court. In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blows up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain. In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escapes an assassination attempt in Miami that claims the life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak. In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrenders to the Japanese during World War II. In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to Czechoslovakia, are killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium. In 1982, 84 men are killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sinks off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm. In 1989, the Soviet Union announces that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
February 15, 1980: Fisher Foods will close it five Fazio grocery outlets in Warren and Youngstown in March, ending the company's struggles to maintain profitability for two years.
CBS announces that Walter Cronkite, for many years one of the nation's most trusted television newsmen, will step aside in early 1981 as CBS Evening News anchorman for Dan Rather.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may cut planning assistance funds to communities in the Youngstown area by as much as 40 percent, says the Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency.
Unless negotiators resolve a pension issue, about 1,800 workers at five Wean United Inc. plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania have threatened to strike. About 1,000 of those workers are at Wean plants in Youngstown and Warren.
February 15, 1965: With the automobile industry scheduling production of a record 900,000 passenger cars in March, steel consumption is likely to hit a record high, Steel magazine reports.
Paul Warfield is intent on snagging his college degree as he is at catching passes for the champion Cleveland Browns. The flanker back from Warren who caught 53 passes for 33 yards and nine touchdown in the Browns' climb to the NFL title, is back at Ohio State to complete work for his diploma.
February 15, 1955: A Youngstown woman, Dorothy Goldberg, is in the thick of the battle to bring the message of freedom and democracy to Iron Curtain countries, working in the personnel department of Radio Free Europe.
Franklin County Sheriff Ralph J. Paul and his deputies are booed as they raid a bingo game sponsored by Our Lady of Peace Church and herd 150 players from the hall.
Conelrad, the Civil Defense radio communication and attack warning system, operates satisfactorily during a four-hour test in Youngstown. K.M. Hedrick, Conelrad engineer for the eastern half of the United States, says the three-station broadcast worked "better than expected."
February 15, 1930: A total of 1,260 -- 260 more than the original goal -- is reached by team workers for the Youngstown YWCA membership drive.
Resumption of the last idle blast furnace owned by Republic Iron & amp; Steel Co. in the Youngstown district is taken as a sign of steady operations over several weeks to come.
The Truscon Steel Co. of Youngstown is employing practically all Youngstown men on its job on the new Department of Commerce building now going up in Washington The Youngstown company, which has the contract to furnish all the steel windows in the huge new building, is paying its men $13.20 per day.
A bill authorizing a survey of the Beaver, Mahoning, Shenango development project, which would result in a canal linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River, will be heard by the House rivers and harbors committee. So far, the bill has attracted no opposition.