Today is Sunday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2005. There are 335 days left in the year. On this date in 1968, during the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive begins as Communist forces launch surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
In 1649, England's King Charles I is beheaded. In 1933, Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany. In 1933, the first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program is broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit. In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi is murdered by a Hindu extremist. In 1962, two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act are killed when their seven-person pyramid collapses during a performance in Detroit. In 1964, the United States launches "Ranger 6" an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that is to crash-land on the moon. In 1972, 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers are shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what becomes known as "Bloody Sunday." In 1979, the civilian government of Iran announces it has decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who'd been living in exile in France, to return. In 1981, an estimated 2 million New Yorkers turn out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the freed American hostages from Iran.
January 30, 1980: Atty. E. Winther McCroom files suit in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to invalidate the promotions of 11 officers in the Youngstown Police Department on the grounds that promotional exams are biased against blacks.
The Ohio Edison Co. announces plans to close its 52-year-old coal-fired generation plant in East Palestine, along with a similar unit in Norwalk, because of the age of the plants and their inability to meet environmental regulations.
The Standard Oil Co., a week after announcing record profits, announces that it is increasing the wholesale price of gasoline by 3 cents a gallon, which will drive the price of gas in Ohio to about the $1 per gallon mark.
January 30, 1965: Phyllis Porter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Wilson of 40 Tacoma Ave., is on the children's staff of the American Memorial Library in West Berlin. She is a graduate of Girard High School and Bowling Green University.
John J. Lynch is sworn in as judge of the 7th District Court of Appeals by Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier.
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January 30, 1955: The Ohio Turnpike's ditched medial strip is proving a valuable safety factor by preventing cars that skid from crossing into the opposite lane, says the road's maintenance supervisor.
Youngstown's new West Side Fire Station on McCollum Road near Mill Creek Park goes into operation. It is the first of the city's capital improvement projects to be completed, and at a cost of $120,000, it is the most expensive in the city's history.
The Mahoning County Tuberculosis and Health Association will send its mobile X-ray bus to the county's rural school districts in February. As many as 5,000 students are expected to get X-rays.
The Hubbard Kiwanis club will present its 30th annual minstrel show Feb. 4 and 5 in the new Hubbard High School auditorium.
January 30, 1930: The population of Salem is increased by more than 1,000 after Columbiana County commissioners approve the annexation of 5.23 square miles of Perry Township to the Quaker City. The territory includes Hillsdale, Salem Heights and a developed section on N. Lincoln Road.
After opening at 124 7 8, Sheet & amp; tube Co. common stock jumps to 127 1 2, a new high for the year. The stock had been inactive for weeks, but has risen from 114 in recent days.
Work on construction of the $2 million B & amp;O Railroad terminal at Division Street, which is expected to employ from 1,000 to 1,200 men, will probably be delayed until June.