Today is Sunday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2007. There are 330 days left in the year. On this date in 1789, electors choose George Washington to be the first president of the United States (however, the



Today is Sunday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2007. There are 330 days left in the year. On this date in 1789, electors choose George Washington to be the first president of the United States (however, the results of the balloting are not counted in the U.S. Senate until two months later).
In 1783, Britain declares a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America. In 1801, John Marshall is sworn in as chief justice of the United States. In 1861, delegates from six southern states meet in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America. In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opens the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid. In 1941, the United Service Organizations comes into existence. In 1945, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin begin a wartime conference at Yalta. In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army. In 1977, 11 people are killed when two Chicago Transit Authority trains collide on an elevated track. In 1987, pianist Liberace dies at his Palm Springs, Calif., home at age 67. In 2004, the Massachusetts high court declares that homosexuals are entitled to nothing less than marriage and that Vermont-style civil unions would not suffice.
February 4, 1982: The chief negotiator for Youngstown's safety forces says they will go to court unless the city changes its method of disbursing some of the general funds generated by the 0.5 percent income tax increase. Atty. John Weed Powers also criticizes a city proposal to shift the cost of employee benefits from the general fund to the police and fire funds.
The supplemental unemployment benefits fund for the Jones & amp; Laughlin Steel Corp. is reported to be exhausted, as the company continues to operate at about 60 percent capacity, with 3,000 employees laid off.
Airship Industries will "very likely" accept Youngstown Mayor George Vukovich's offer of the Lansdowne Airport as the site for a dirigible plant, says Malcolm Wren, board chairman of the British company.
February 4, 1967: Ground is broken for a new Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Canfield-Niles Road.
A former Youngstown clergyman, Dr. John Harris Burt, is consecrated as bishop coadjutor of the Ohio Episcopal Diocese amid medieval pomp and pageantry and 20th century television cameras at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.
Four Americans held in Communist East German jails for more than a year are released. Among them are Frederick Matthews, 24, of Ellwood City, Pa., and Moses R. Herrin, 26, of Akron. They had been charged with attempting to aid East Germans in escaping to the West.
Trumbull County Commissioner Gary Thompson admits setting up an organization to which county employees were expected to contribute 1 percent of their salaries for political purposes. Thompson called the organization that would collect the money the New Frontier Organization of Trumbull County.
February 4, 1957: An East Judson Avenue couple, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Pecchio Jr., and their son, Gary, 3, escape serious injury when their gas furnace explodes. Several nearby homes were rocked by the explosion.
The Rev. Hunsdon Cary Jr., pastor of Grace Church in Sandusky and a leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, accepts the call to be rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Youngstown. He succeeds the Rev. John H. Burt, who has been named rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif.
Common Pleas Judge John W. Ford rules that a taxpayer's suit seeking to oust Donald L. Scheetz as manager of the Youngstown Airport should go to trial. The suit claims Mayor Frank X. Kryzan used "persuasion, inducement, political influence and coercion" to get four men with higher Civil Service grades than Scheetz to drop out of running for the job.
Undercover agents from the American Social Hygiene Association report that Youngstown is "as free as possible" from commercial prostitution.
February 4, 1932: Mayor Mark Moore's promise that all city employees appointed by him would take a voluntary 10 percent pay cut hasn't happened. A check of city records shows that all employees receiving their pays on Jan. 20 were paid under the old city salary ordinance.
New York Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially opens the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, New York, where 331 athletes from 17 nations will compete.
Youngstown's 36,000 school children will become "George Washington conscious" during the month of February under recommendations given to principals by George E. Roudebush, school superintendent.
The weekly receipts from 600 milk bottles placed in restaurants and stores throughout Youngstown are being used to provide milk for 500 needy babies weekly, says Phil Frieder. Not a penny from the bottles is kept for overhead.
Some 1,500 fans see 15 bouts, five ending in knockouts, as Tom Carney's annual Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament gets underway at the Rayen-Wood Auditorium.
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