Today is Friday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2005. There are 358 days left in the year. On this date in 1789, the first U.S. presidential election is held. Americans vote for electors who, a month later, choose George Washington to be the nation's first president.
In 1800, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, is born in Summerhill, N.Y. In 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service is inaugurated between New York and London. In 1942, the World War II siege of Bataan begins. In 1953, President Truman announces in his State of the Union address that the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. In 1955, singer Marian Anderson makes her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." In 1955, the opening of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa is televised for the first time. In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist are sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 7, 1980: Striking Mahoning County Joint Vocational School teachers return to the classroom after ratifying a two-year contract that will raise the salary of a starting teacher about 19 percent, from $9,850 to $11,800 over the length of the contract.
Police suspect a gangland murder in the death of John Magda, 42, whose body was found in the old city dump on Arrel-Smith Road. His hands and feet were bound with restraining strips of the type used by police and his head was wrapped in carpeting tape, mummy-style.
The audience at the Austintown Plaza Theater stages a sit-in after the sound fails during the last 10 minutes of the film "Going in Style." Police were called, but the dispute was resolved when the film was rewound and the last segment replayed -- with sound.
January 7, 1965: The East Ohio Gas Co. announces it will spend $1.6 million in its Youngstown Division in 1965. About $600,000 of that will be spent on modernizing 21 miles of gas distribution mainlines.
Claude Johnson, 72, one of Youngstown's premier athletes, dies at the Mahoning County Nursing Home, where he had been a patient for six months. He played football, baseball and basketball at both Rayen and South, having transferred to South in 1910 when the school opened. He was the only man ever to captain both the Rayen and South baseball teams.
January 7, 1955: A stolen physician's bag containing radium is found in the doorway at the Woolworth Co. store in the Belmont Avenue Shopping Plaza. The bag, containing five milligrams of radium in a platinum tube, was owned by Dr. John Heberding and was reported stolen from the X-ray room at North Side Hospital.
John G. Cooper, 82, former Youngstown congressman, dies at his home in Hagerstown, Md. He was the Republican congressman from the 19th District for 22 years.
Mrs. Richard A. Sheppard Sr., the mother of Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was convicted of killing his wife, is found dead in the home of another son, Dr. Stephen Sheppard. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
January 7, 1930: John Callan and Arthur Aubrey, plaintiffs in the suit in the U.S. Supreme Court to test the constitutionality of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District, have written to Attys. Day and Day of Cleveland to drop the suit. The men said they have come to the conclusion that pursuing the suit is not in the best interest of Youngstown and Niles.
Youngstown Superintendent J.J. Richeson says that a survey of schools shows that married teachers are neither more nor less efficient than unmarried teachers. However, he will continue to hire only unmarried teachers. Married women have too many outside distractions and miss about seven days a year because of illness or family demands, he says.