Today is Friday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2005. There are 344 days left in the year. On this date in 1915, the first Kiwanis Club is founded, in Detroit.
In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, is executed on the guillotine. In 1861, Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, and four other Southerners resign from the U.S. Senate. In 1942, Count Basie and His Orchestra record "One O'Clock Jump" in New York for Okeh Records. In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, is found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who always maintained his innocence, serves less than four years in prison.) In 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Conn. (However, the Nautilus does not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later). In 1976, the supersonic Concorde jet is put into service by Britain and France. In 1977, President Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. In 1995, President Clinton, addressing the Democratic National Committee, implores members to "bear down and go forward" despite the results of the 1994 elections. In 1997, Speaker Newt Gingrich is reprimanded and fined as the House votes for the first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct. In 2000, the grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez travels to the United States to plead for the boy's return to Cuba.
January 21, 1980: The Pittsburgh Steelers win their fourth Super Bowl trophy, defeating the Los Angeles Rams, 31-19, in Super Bowl XIV, played in the Rose Bowl at Pasadena.
General Motors Corp.'s van assembly line resumes operations after a week-long shutdown, returning about 1,300 workmen to their jobs.
McDowell National Bank announces plans for a new $2 million Hermitage branch office at West State Street and Kerrwood Drive.
January 21, 1965: Ohioans will save an estimated $1 million a year on their Ohio Bell bills as the result of rate reductions ordered by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
First Federal Savings and Loan Association reports one of the best years in its history in 1964, President Carl E. Knodle reports. The association's assets increased by $5 million to $83.7 million.
Alan Freed, 43, former Youngstown area radio announcer who became the original king of rock and roll, dies in Desert Hospital, Palm Springs., Calif. He is survived by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Freed of Salem.
January 21, 1955: Youngstown officials agree to rent the sixth floor of the city jail to Mahoning County for the confinement of county prisoners during construction of a new county jai and office building.
A badly burned and injured steelworker, Joseph Speziale, drags a 65-year-old woman to safety through a shattered second floor window after a gas explosion rips his home at 128 E. Florida Ave. Bessie Smalley, a roomer, was confined to the room with a broken leg.
The first 18 cubic yards of a total of 5,000 yards of concrete footers are poured at the Kimmel Brook Homes public housing project. The building, C-4, is the first of 57 structures at the $3.5 million project.
January 21, 1930: President Hoover says that the Department of Labor has reported for the first time since the stock market crash that the tide of employment changed in the right direction. "There has been a distinct increase in employment all over the country within the last 10 days," he says.
The total enrollment for Youngstown public schools is 35,779, according to the state enumeration report.
A coating of snow has kept the ice from freezing thick enough for skating on the lakes of the city parks, the office of the park commission reports. Mill Creek Park authorities report that Lake Glacier has 21/2 inches of ice and prospects for skating soon are good if cold weather holds.