Today is Tuesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2005. There are 312 days left in the year. On this date in 1732, the first president of the United States, George Washington, is born at his parents' plantation in the Virginia Colony.
In 1819, Spain cedes Florida to the United States. In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opens a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y. In 1889, President Cleveland signs a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union. In 1892, "Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar Wilde, is first performed, at London's St. James's Theater. In 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House. In 1934, the romantic comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall. In 1935, it becomes illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House. In 1973, the United States and Communist China agree to establish liaison offices. In 1980, the United States Olympic hockey team upsets the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. (The U.S. team goes on to win the gold medal.) In 1984, a 12-year-old Houston boy known publicly only as "David," who'd spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, dies 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.
February 22, 1980: U.S. Steel Corp.'s Ohio Works, the Youngstown District's first steel mill, will wind-up iron and steel-making operations March 10. The shutdown will end nearly 90 years of steel-making by U.S. Steel in Youngstown.
In an attempt to attract more minority applicants, Farrell will extend its deadline for applications for two police department vacancies.
Continuing a pattern of inventory adjustment that began in November, the General Motors van plant at Lordstown announces it will close down for another two-week period.
February 22, 1965: Fire destroys a building in West Federal Street in downtown Youngstown that housed the Isaly store and the White Drug Store. Damage to the building, owned by the Fred Tod Estate, is estimated at $200,000.
Dr. Homer J.R. Elford, minister of Trinity Methodist Church, Youngstown, and Homes Savings & amp; Loan Association receive Freedom Foundation awards. The foundation in Valley Forge, Pa., honored Dr. Elford for a sermon, "Lest We Forget," and honored Home Savings for its advertising policies.
February 22, 1955: Persistent rains and melting snow and ice raise the Meander Reservoir to one of its highest levels on record. Water is flowing at 2 feet, 4 inches over the spillway. A year ago, the level was 16 feet below the spillway.
Two East Side men sign statements admitting that they participated in the $2,000 hold-up of Maurice Baker, Palace Theater operator, in January.
The Youngstown Area Heart Association is receiving national attention for its "Youngstown Plan" to combat rheumatic fever. The plan is based on control of streptococcal infections that may precede rheumatic fever.
February 22, 1930: The bodies of four persons thought to be Louis and Dominic Zarrilla of Hillsville, and Sam and Nick Matthews of Edenburg, all thought to be about 20 or 21 years old, are recovered from the ruins of the Pennsylvania Railroad station in Edenburg, Pa. Investigators believe the youths entered the building carrying lanterns, which sparked an explosion from a leaking gasoline tank in the station.
The Associated Press reports that John Rittin of Youngstown was found dead in his bunk on the U.S. liner America, a cobbler's knife in his chest. Rittin's uncle said the man left Youngstown in a hurry and was on his way to Rumania after getting word that his wife was sick.
Warren police say that James Baker, who is being held in Detroit after confessing to eight murders, was known as the "Lone Wolf" burglar in 1921, during a two-month period that he kept police jumping. He got away with 30 watches from one store and $1,800 worth of furs from another, leaving behind notes taunting police.