Today is Saturday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2005. There are 308 days left in the year. On this date in 1993, a bomb built by Islamic extremists explodes in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the Island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France. In 1848, the Second French Republic is proclaimed. In 1919, Congress establishes Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. In 1929, President Coolidge signs a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park. In 1940, the United States Air Defense Command is created. In 1945, a midnight curfew on night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment is set to go into effect across the nation. In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, is ratified. In 1979, a total solar eclipse casts a moving shadow 175 miles wide from Oregon to North Dakota before moving into Canada. In 1987, the Tower Commission, which probed the Iran-Contra affair, issues its report, which rebukes President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff. In 2003, in a victory for abortion foes, the Supreme Court rules that federal racketeering and extortion laws had been wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics.
February 26, 1980: Atty. Staughton Lynd asks a federal judge to order U.S. Steel Corp. to give the company's workers an option to buy or lease two Youngstown mills.
U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater says it may be time for the United States to threaten to destroy Iran's major oil refinery if the hostages in the U.S. embassy are not released.
The city of East Liverpool is given 120 days to clean up its sewage dumping into the Ohio River. Common Pleas Judge Richard Kennedy says the city is clearly in violation of state law, as is alleged by the Environmental Protection Agency.
February 26, 1965: Secretary of State Dean Rusk rules out negotiations on Viet Nam, saying talks would "add to the danger" until the Reds decide to quit attacking the South.
Robert J. Fithian, president of Fithian-Wilbert Burial Vault Co., is named "Boss of the Year" by the Yo-Mah-O Chapter of the National Secretaries Association at their 19th annual banquet.
February 26, 1955: A break in a 30-inch water main in front of the West Avenue pumping station causes $10,000 damage to material stored in the basement of the National Mattress Co. and washing a large hole in West Avenue
An abandoned baby less than six hours old is found alive in a paper bag in a rubbish pile at Griffith Street and W. Madison Avenue by a woman who said she went to the lot to burn papers. The baby is in fair condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital.
The United States, and particularly northeastern Ohio, is on the brink of the greatest era of prosperity and growth in history as a result of the St. Lawrence Seaway, says Martin W. Oettershagen, deputy administrator of the seaway development agency, during an address at the Hotel Pick-Ohio in Youngstown.
February 26, 1930: Wielding axes, sledges and wrecking board, Campbell police and fireman stage the most spectacular clean up of speakeasies, gambling dens and disorderly houses since federal authorities came to town in August. Thirteen places are raided and 28 arrests made.
Present indications are that spring will find the well-dressed Youngstown man wearing a gray suit, tweed topcoat and a higher crowned hat, says a leading local clothier when interviewed on the spring style trend for men.
Joseph Greene, who has led unemployment demonstrations in Cleveland and Canton, will speak at a mass demonstration in Central Square in Youngstown and will act as spokesman for a committee that will present the demands of the unemployed to city council.
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