Today is Wednesday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2005. There are 360 days left in the year. On this date in 1925, Nellie T. Ross succeeds her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U.S. history.
In 1589, Catherine de Medici of France dies at age 69. In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va. In 1896, an Austrian newspaper (Wiener Presse) reports the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that comes to be known as "X-rays." In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, dies in Northampton, Mass., at age 60. In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal." In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, is found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. UMWA President Anthony Boyle and three others are convicted of the killings. In 1994, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, dies in Boston at age 81. In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, is killed when he strikes a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; he was 62.
January 5, 1980: The marriage license application fee in Mahoning County is increasing from $9 to $19, with the extra revenue to be used to provide financial assistance to shelters for victims of domestic violence.
The Mahoning County Welfare Department will begin providing up to $250 in assistance to people whose heat is about to be shut off. The Welfare Department is becoming involved because the Community Action Agency's grant of $277,000 for energy assistance has already been exhausted.
January 5, 1965: Democrat Robert Hagan is elected chairman of the Trumbull County Board of Commissioners, but only after being nominated by the lone Republican on the board, William B. Klee, and only after seconding his own nomination. Democrat Gary Thompson refused to second the nomination and abstained in the vote.
Warren P. Williamson Jr. and Dr. Earl Young are re-elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Youngstown Board of Education for their 16th terms.
January 5, 1955: John McIntosh, 84, of Lake Milton, is fatally injured by a hitskip driver in Route 18 near the Portage County line. Within an hour, an Akron man was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, after an alert was broadcast for officers to be on the lookout for westbound cars showing signs of damage.
Backers of the controversial Lake Erie to Ohio River "rubber railroad" open their third attempt to get the Ohio Legislature's approval of their bid for the right to condemn land for a right of way.
January 5, 1930: The Rev. Victor Franco, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, announces plans to open a drive for $100,000 to build a parish school on Summit Avenue.
The number of incendiary fires in Youngstown doubled in 1929 over those in 1928, and Fire Chief Harry Callan recommends employment of a specially trained fireman or detective to investigate every suspicious fire in the city.