Today is Sunday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2005. There are 356 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, during World War II, American forces begin landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.
In 1788, Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flies between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J. In 1861, the "Star of the West," a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreats after being fired on by a battery in the harbor. In 1964, anti-U.S. rioting breaks out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and three U.S. soldiers. In 1968, the Surveyor 7 space probe makes a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface. In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, says a purported biography of him by Clifford Irving is a fake.
January 9, 1980: Backhoes of the James R. Soda Co. of Niles are rolling onto the Deerfield Dump to begin eliminating the danger posed by thousands of barrels of hazardous waste stored there. Some 2,000 barrels of hazardous waste will be moved from a swampy area to higher ground to prevent the drums from deteriorating before the chemicals can be disposed of properly.
The van assembly line at General Motors Corp. in Lordstown will suspend production for one week, idling about 1,300 workers.
Eastman Kodak Co., the world's largest producer of film, says it will raise film prices by as much as 75 percent to compensate for the sharp increase in the price of silver.
The Saudi government executes 63 of the militants who seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest shrine. The interior ministry said the executions were carried out in several cities in accordance with the punishment prescribed in the Koran for an attack against the holy shrine.
January 9, 1965: Joe Nigro comes off the Youngstown University bench midway in the first half to spark the Penguins to an 84-69 victory over Susquehanna at the South Field House. The game marks the 300th victory for Coach Dom Rosselli, in his 21st year as the Penguins coach.
Fire causes an estimated $50,000 in damage to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Spruce Avenue in Sharon.
The Packard Band opens its 1965 season with a concert at the W. D. Packard Music Hall featuring the Rayen School chorus and a trumpet trio featuring Esotto Pellegrini, Henry Suchanek and Robert Fleming.
January 9, 1955: Construction of a large new reservoir on the Mahoning River's West Branch near Newton Falls will go a long way toward solving the Mahoning Valley's remaining flood control problems and toward assuring the growing valley industries a more adequate water supply.
Christ Mission Goodwill Industries opens a campaign to raise $32,000 for a new building to replace its Canal Street store, which is being razed as part of Youngstown's capital improvements program.
More than 100 Youngstown district persons plan to attend the inauguration of Gov. Frank J. Lausche and other state officials at Columbus.
The Taft Memorial Foundation announces a three-part tribute to Sen. Robert A. Taft: a bell tower to be constructed between the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court building; a Robert A. Taft Institute of Government with headquarters in New York, and a series of grants, scholarships and fellowships to students of government.
January 9, 1930: Three members of a Warren family are feared to have contracted Parrot Fever, an extremely rare disease which kills parrots and occasionally infects humans. Mr. and Mrs. W.W. McEntyre and their daughter, Ciody, are confined to their Adelaide Avenue home. The parrot, which was a Christmas present, died three days after the holiday.
A.C. Eldridge, assistant superintendent of Cleveland Schools, orders an intensive investigation into liquor drinking by pupils in junior and senior high schools in the city.
Vincent Norman, 38, an automobile salesman, is killed when he loses control of his vehicle near Portsmouth, Ohio, while attempting to change from one hand to the other a banana he was eating while driving. His car plunged down and embankment.
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