Today is Saturday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2005. There are 357 days left in the year. On this date in 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss.
In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans -- the closing engagement of the War of 1812. In 1918, President Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after World War I. In 1959, Charles De Gaulle is inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic. In 1964, President Johnson declares a "War on Poverty." In 1965, the Star of India and other stolen gems are returned to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 1973, secret peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resume near Paris. In 1975, Judge John J. Sirica orders the release of Watergate figures John W. Dean III, Herbert W. Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison. In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settles the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies. In 1985, the Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco is kidnapped in Lebanon (he is released 19 months later).
January 8, 1980: At least four veteran police officers, including Chief William McCallion, notify the new administration in New Castle that they will retire in three days, at the end of the present pay period.
Following hearings on the latest round of steel mill shutdowns in the Mahoning Valley, U.S. Rep. Charles A. Vanik, D-Euclid, is advocating reviving a New Deal agency to bail out basic industries with huge government-guaranteed loans. He suggests resurrecting the Depression-era Reconstruction Finance Corp.
Rocky Blier scores a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the icing on a 27-13 victory of the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Houston Oilers in Pittsburgh. The Steelers, winners of the AFC championship, will meet the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.
January 8, 1965: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown is named chairman of the Public Works Committee in the 89th Congress and as such will oversee a $4 billion segment of the national budget.
Gov. James A. Rhodes has proposed a whopping $1 billion budget for education over the next two years, the biggest in Ohio's history.
January 8, 1955: A South Side youth who mixed peach brandy with driving on Christmas Day gets a gift from Juvenile Court Judge Henry P. Beckenbach when he appears in court on his 17th birthday: a fine of only $15 and a 60-day suspension of his license.
Police are looking for a thief or gang of thieves who have developed a trick for breaking into the trunks of 1954 Buicks. The trunks of five such cars have been opened in Youngstown in the last three days, and loot valued at $750 taken.
James P. Griffin of Youngstown wins unanimous re-election to his third term as president of the Ohio Council of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
January 8, 1930: Three masked bandits sweep into a Watt Street storeroom said to be used as a bookie shop for race betting, line the 25 patrons and the bookmaker against a wall and escape with money and valuables totaling $3,000.
Two huge liquor distilleries with equipment valued at $3,000 are seized and two men arrested during raids by Youngstown vice officers.
A childhood romance of more than a half century ago in Indiana County, Pa., blossoms into a wedding in Youngstown. Mrs. Mary A. Pierce, 71, of Woodford Avenue, and her childhood sweetheart, Levi A. Cribbs, 73, of Michigan, are married by the Rev. Frank W. Brown, pastor of the Central Christian Church. They were reunited recently after their first spouses died.
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