Today is Tuesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2005. There are 361 days left in the year. On this date in 1965, President Johnson outlines the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union Address.
In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, dies in Emmitsburg, Md. In 1904, the Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and can enter the United States freely; however, the court stops short of declaring them U.S. citizens. In 1948, Britain grants independence to Burma. In 1951, during the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces capture the city of Seoul. In 1960, French author Albert Camus dies in an automobile accident at age 46. In 1965, poet T.S. Eliot dies in London at age 76. In 1974, President Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1990, Charles Stuart, who'd claimed to have been wounded and his wife shot dead by a robber, leaps to his death off a Boston Harbor bridge after he himself becomes a suspect.
January 4, 1980: Niles Mayor Joseph Cicero is considering appealing a decision by State Auditor Thomas Ferguson that a fiscal emergency exits in the city. Ferguson's declaration means that a financial planning commission will be created to oversee the city's finances.
President Carter is planning an announcement of a package of get-tough measures aimed at the Soviet Union over its invasion of Afghanistan. Among the measures is a proposed boycott of the summer Olympic games in Moscow.
In another setback for Commuter Aircraft Corp., the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments delays action on a $3.5 million grant sought to prepare a site for the proposed aircraft assembly plant at Youngstown Municipal Airport.
January 4, 1965: Steel production is at the highest level for the beginning of a year since 1960, Steel Magazine reports. The country is producing about 2.6 million tons of steel a week for ingots and castings.
Youngstown police and state liquor enforcement agents nab a 19-year-old youth and a 65-year-old wine shop operator in the police department's continuing effort to break up sales of alcohol to juveniles.
Mahoning County records its first traffic fatality of 1965 with a violent head-on collision in U.S. Route 422 at McCartney Road in which Joseph Minor, 35, was killed, and four other persons were seriously injured.
January 4, 1955: Youngstown will be on the receiving end of direct dial telephone calls from Cleveland in the spring. Ohio Bell has no word on when Youngstowners will be able to call Cleveland without going through an operator.
Youngstown Finance Director Jack W. Nybell says the city collected $1.7 million in income taxes during 1954.
Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, under a life prison sentence for killing his wife, Marilyn, loses the first round in his fight to a new trial.
January 4, 1930: Youngstown area steelworkers are being called back to work as production increases from 55 percent of capacity to 65 percent in area mills.
Seven players on the Burbank High School basketball team are killed when a train smashes into their bus at a crossroads about 10 miles south of Wooster. Eight other high school boys and girls were injured. They were returning from a game in which they defeated their rivals at Big Prairie and were in high spirits.