Today is Thursday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2005. There are 352 days left in the year. On this date in 1794, President Washington approves a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. (The number of stripes is later reduced to the original 13.)
In 1864, composer Stephen Foster dies in New York. In 1893, Britain's Independent Labor Party (a precursor to the current Labor Party) holds its first meeting. In 1898, Emile Zola's famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, "J'accuse," is published in Paris. In 1941, novelist James Joyce dies in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in west Los Angeles. In 1966, Robert C. Weaver becomes the first black Cabinet member as he is appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Johnson. In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge after takeoff and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 people. In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation's first elected black governor as he takes the oath of office in Richmond.
January 13, 1980: Niles is, at least temporarily, without a credit rating on the municipal bond market, primarily because of three years of financial turmoil and the state's decision to declare a fiscal emergency. Moody's Investor Service withdraws the city's ratings on both general obligation and electric revenue bonds.
The slump in automobile buying is hitting hard the remaining segments of the Youngstown district's once vigorous basic steel industry and probably would have knocked out almost at the start the ill-fated effort to revive former Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s Campbell Works.
Jim Cossler is appointed membership director of the Youngstown YMCA, succeeding Randy Bolsinger, who is taking a YMCA position in Minnesota. Cossler has been associated with the YMCA since 1964.
January 13, 1965: Morris Simon, president of Simco Enterprises Inc., announces that the firm will build a 140-unit luxury apartment complex in Forest Glen in Boardman.
Jerry Como, 17, is in serious condition in South Side Hospital after being knocked out by a punch to the temple during the Golden Gloves tournament at South High Field House.
Atty. Donald J. Morrisroe is appointed by Gov. James Rhodes as a judge of the court of appeals to serve the unexpired term of Judge George Jones.
January 13, 1955: The Air Force has abandoned a proposal for a big new Air Force-Navy reserve training base somewhere in northeastern Ohio and intends to expand its jet base facilities at Youngstown Municipal Airport for reserve training.
The Mahoning County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis spent $35,146 in 1954 for direct benefits to polio victims in the Youngstown district.
Youngstown City Council approves a 1955 appropriation ordinance authorizing total expenditures of $8.9 million.
January 13, 1930: Mrs. Anna Slosson Dennison, 65, for many years a leader in religious and civic affairs of the city, the YWCA and the Westminster Presbyterian Church, dies at the family home, 4802 Oak Knoll Drive.
Too many "white collar" men and two few "blue jeans" workers are being turned out by the public schools today, said Dr. I.E. Philo before an open forum at Rodef Sholem Temple.
The net estate of A.E. Adams, president of the First National and Dollar banks, who died recently, has been estimated at $175,000, according to a statement issued by Carl W. Ullman, assistant trust officer of the Dollar Savings & amp; Trust Co.