Today is Tuesday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2005. There are 340 days left in the year. On this date in 1959, American Airlines opens the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
In 1787, Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass. In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completes a round-the-world journey in 72 days, six hours and 11 minutes. In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America is founded. In 1915, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service. In 1946, the United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor. In 1961, President Kennedy holds the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television. In 1971, Charles Manson and three female followers are convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrive in the United States. In 1990, actress Ava Gardner dies in London at age 67.
January 25, 1980: Salem's new mayor, Robert Sell, announces he will be available for meetings with residents over coffee and doughnuts each Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Engle's Bakery, 385 E. State St.
Consumer prices climbed 13.3 percent in 1979, the highest rate in 33 years, the Labor Department reports. What cost $1 in 1967, cost $2.30 at the end of 1979.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered a preliminary investigation into alleged stock irregularities at Sharon Steel Corp. and affiliates that are operated by Victor Posner.
Exxon Corp., the nation's largest oil company, reports a 55 percent increase in profits in 1979 and becomes the first industrial company ever to earn more than $4 billion in a year.
January 25, 1965: The Meander Reservoir stands at 8.4 billion gallons after 1.9 billion gallons were added in 60 hours by a 1.32-inch rainfall.
George Glasgow, 78, former principal of Wilson High School and a long-time member of the Youngstown Civil Service Commission, dies at his home at 3935 Southern Boulevard.
Nearly $2.5 million in construction funds for the immediate Youngstown area are included in President Johnson's budget for the Army Corps of Engineers. Some $2.15 million is included to complete the West Branch Reservoir and $300,000 is included to clear a drainage problem in Crab Creek.
January 25, 1955: Traction Commissioner E.L. Tennyson appeals to City Council to study a proposal under which the public would own mass transportation services, which would then be leased to a private operator. The plan has tax advantages that would allow good bus service to Youngstown's 60,000 daily riders.
About 150 masonry department employees at Republic Steel Corp.'s Youngstown plant are back at work after a one-day strike to protest the company's action in awarding some furnace work to outside contractors.
A strong chemical odor pollutes the atmosphere over Youngstown, reminding Youngstowners of the air pollution disasters of Donora, Pa., and Los Angeles. Walter I. Rauh, the city's chief air pollution abatement investigator, said he is investigating but has no clues as to the source of the odor, which was strongest on the South Side and Downtown.
January 25, 1930: Two Youngstown junk dealers are challenging their arrest on charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors by virtue of buying stolen property from juveniles. Police say five boys were systematically stealing brass and other materials from a Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. plant and the junk dealers were making weekly pick-ups at the boys' homes.
Hugh W. Grant, president of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, says an addition to Youngstown's Post Office will not meet the city's needs and an effort is being launched to secure a new federal building downtown.
Industrial leaders from Youngstown and Pittsburgh plan to meet Feb. 4 in Washington, D.C., to join in a fight for construction of an Ohio-River-Lake Erie canal by way of Youngstown.