Today is Saturday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2005. There are 343 days left in the year. On this date in 1905, thousands of demonstrating Russian workers are fired on by Imperial army troops in St. Petersburg on what becomes known as "Red Sunday" or "Bloody Sunday." (According to the Old-Style Julian calendar still in effect in Russia at the time, the date was Jan. 9.)
In 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria dies at age 82. In 1917, President Wilson pleads for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without victory." (By April, however, America also was at war.) In 1922, Pope Benedict XV dies; he is succeeded by Pius XI. In 1938, Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" is performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, N.J. In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio, Italy. In 1957, suspected "Mad Bomber" George P. Metesky, accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area since 1940, is arrested in Waterbury, Conn. (He is later found mentally ill and committed to a mental hospital; he is released in 1973, and dies in 1994 at age 90.) In 1968, the fast-paced comedy show "Rowan & amp; Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC TV. In 1973, the Supreme Court hands down its "Roe vs. Wade" decision, which legalizes abortion using a trimester approach. In 1973, former President Lyndon Johnson dies at age 64. In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a life sentence in prison without parole.
January 22, 1980: Defense counsel in the murder trial of Steven Masters of Boardman lose on motions filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, including one calling for a private trial, or in the alternative a requirement that the press broadcast or print complete testimony of all witnesses.
George Bush claims an upset victory over Ronald Reagan in the Iowa caucuses, the first battle for the Republican presidential nomination. President Carter holds off a challenge by Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Cincinnati Bengals owner Paul Brown is fined $10.000 by National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle for criticizing another team owner -- Art Modell of the Cleveland Browns -- in an autobiography. Brown and Jack Clary, who helped write the book, issued statements defending the accuracy of the book and criticizing the gag rule under which the fine was levied.
January 22, 1965: Youngstown City Council approves the 1965 budget at a record $15 million.
The Mahoning County Medical Society installs new officers, including its president Dr. John J. McDonough.
The Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission asks Trumbull County health authorities to correct a condition in Liberty Township that has resulted in raw sewage, oil and detergent draining into Crandall Park Lake.
January 22, 1955: Two workmen are overcome by gas while repairing a turboblower at Republic Steel Corp.'s blast furnaces. In South Side Hospital for observation are Albert Smith, 49, and Anton Ahiquist, 44.
Two West Side men are held for questioning after they allegedly attack and choke Frank Kuvakas, 27, manager of the Mural Room Restaurant, during an argument over road courtesy in Wick Avenue.
Trumbull Prosecutor Charles H. Anderson says he is preparing padlock action against the large-scale bingo operation sponsored by VFW Post 1090 at its Howland Hill annex. Meanwhile, the Father Gallagher Council, Knights of Columbus, in Youngstown says operators of its bingo game claim there have been no profits from the game in 17 months of operation.
January 22, 1930: Congresswoman Ruth Bryan Owen, whose mother, Mrs. William Jennings Bryan, died in California, cancels her scheduled address to the YMCA Forum at Stambaugh Auditorium. She will be replaced by Amos Squire, chief medical officer of Sing Sing prison for 30 years.
Youngstown Council's new utilities committee balks at the purchase by the Youngstown Municipal Railway Co. of 34 new buses as recommended by Traction Commissioner Harry Engle. The committee indicates it might be willing to approve purchase of 20 buses.
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