Today is Wednesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2005. There are 353 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces begin a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
In 1773, the first public museum in America is established, in Charleston, S.C. In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote. In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1942, President Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board. In 1948, the Supreme Court rules that states cannot discriminate against law-school applicants because of race. In 1964, leftist rebels in Zanzibar begin their successful revolt against the government. In 1966, President Johnson says in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there has ended.
January 12, 1980: Two Ohio coaches, Earl Bruce of Ohio State and Bill Narduzzi of Youngstown State, win Coach of the Year honors in voting by the American Football Coaches Association, meeting in New Orleans.
Cutbacks in Ohio Department of Transportation funds for major projects will halt plans for a proposed Salt Springs Road interchange at I-80.
The Carter administration is lining up behind a program that would substitute "gasohol" for 10 percent of the nation's unleaded gasoline by 1981, using millions of tons of surplus grain in the process.
January 12, 1965: Ohio Bell Telephone Co. announces a $4.4 million expansion and service improvement program for the Mahoning Valley in 1965.
The special taxation committee of the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce in a review of the proposed 1965 Youngstown budget criticizes City Council for spending more than $750,000 borrowed from future operating funds.
January 12, 1955: The Ohio Bell Telephone Co. plans to spend $4.3 million for expansion and improvement in the Youngstown district.
A plan to finance the city's proposed $10 million sewage disposal plant and interceptor system by doubling the city income tax to 1 percent rather than impose sewer rental fees, is proposed by 2nd Ward Councilman John Palermo.
The kingpins of a Campbell gambling syndicate apparently have paid an out-of-court settlement to a Campbell woman who filed lawsuits totaling $6,100 to cover her husband's losses to two reputed Campbell bug headquarters. The settlement will avoid a public airing of details of the rackets in Campbell.
January 12, 1930: W.H. Peterson, Youngstown plumbing inspector for 23 years, will be released on parole from the Ohio Penitentiary after serving 19 months of a one- to 20-year sentence for embezzling funds of his office.
The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District has $1.7 million, sufficient to complete and pay for all the work now under contract and to conduct the affairs of the district for at least a year.
Believing that the 5 percent raise voted them by the board of fire commissioners might better be used toward alleviating poverty and unemployment in the city, Detroit firemen announce that they will ask that the raises be rescinded. Capt. Joseph Creed, a spokesman for the firemen, suggests that the $215,000 be used to employ men who need work for their families.