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Today is Monday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2005. There are 362 days left in the year. On this date in



Published: Mon, January 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Today is Monday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2005. There are 362 days left in the year. On this date in 1777, Gen. George Washington's army routs the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

In 1521, Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. In 1938, the "March of Dimes" campaign to fight polio is organized. In 1947, congressional proceedings are televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York get to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress. In 1959, President Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th state. In 1961, the United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba. In 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies in a Dallas hospital. In 1980, conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free," is killed in northern Kenya by a servant. In 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission. In 1993, President Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign a historic nuclear missile-reduction treaty in Moscow.

January 3, 1980: In his first directive, Youngstown Mayor George Vukovich establishes new office hours at City Hall -- 8 am to 4 p.m. -- or orders all thermostats in city buildings set at 65 degrees to save energy.

Violence breaks out on the picket line at the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School, with reports of teachers damaging the cars of administrators passing through the picket line and one teacher receiving minor injuries from a car being driven by a maintenance worker across the line.

Walter Swierz, administrative assistant to Mayor George Vukovich, orders the locks changed on the door to the Youngstown Community Relations Commission office after Ruth O'Neill, director of the commission, refuses to acknowledge her discharge by Vukovich and continues to report for work.

A stoic Dorothy DiBlasio is sentenced to five years to 25 years in the women's prison at Marysville for conspiring to murder her former husband, the late Dr. Leo DiBlasio and his second wife, Patricia, in 1977.

January 3, 1965: The old Petrarca building at the northeast corner of E. Federal and Watt streets and the Salvation Army warehouse in Commerce Street Extension will be razed to clear ground for the new downtown Youngstown Loop.

The Powers & amp; Flaugher Co. at 32 N. Phelps St., clothiers and hatters since 1900, is closing its doors. The proprietor, James P. Grose, is 65 and plans to retire.

Maj. Raymond C. Bacher is assigned to the 910th Troop Carrier Group at Youngstown Municipal Airports as a technical adviser from the regular Air Force.

Mahoning County commissioners approve a 1965 budget of $12.8 million, an increase of $590,033 over 1964 and warn all elected officials that they will not get a penny more than is budgeted.

January 3, 1955: Youngstown district Ohio Bell Telephone Co. subscribers will see their phone bills increase by from five cents to 90 cents, depending on the type of service. Youngstown and other large Ohio cities are expected to appeal the rate changes to the Ohio Supreme Court.

A 19-year-old Boardman youth who escaped from a traffic patrolman during a 95-mph chase over South Side Streets, was arrested based on a license check of the car. He had the misfortune of being the first case to come before Municipal Judge Robert B. Nevin, who returned to the traffic bench, succeeding judge Frank R. Franko, who had a reputation of being easy on speeders. The youth got five days in jail, $100 in fines and had his license suspended for a year.

The formation of a police athletic league to combat juvenile delinquency is part of a 10-point program for 1955 released by Youngstown Mayor Frank X. Kryzan.

January 3, 1930: Asael E. Adams, president of the First National and Dollar banks and industrial and civic leader in the Mahoning Valley, dies of pneumonia at his home. Adams, 64, had complained of a bad cold the day after Christmas and his condition worsened over a week.

Youngstown motorists set a new record of 48 deaths due to automobiles in the city in 1929

L.H. Copeland of Millport, official weather observer for the area, says temperatures in the Mahoning Valley in 1929 were normal, but precipitation was 10 inches above the average for the last 37 years.




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