Today is Wednesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2007. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. On this date in 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" takes place in a Chicago



Today is Wednesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2007. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. On this date in 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" takes place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang are gunned down.
In 1778, the American ship Ranger carries the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrives in France. In 1894, comedian Jack Benny is born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Ill. In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opens at the St. James' Theatre in London. In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor is established. (It is divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.) In 1912, Arizona becomes the 48th state of the Union. In 1920, the League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago; its first president is Maud Wood Park. In 1962, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts a televised tour of the White House. In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police. In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous. In 1997, American Airlines and its pilots union continue contract talks as the clock ticks down to a midnight strike deadline. (The pilots did strike, but President Clinton immediately intervened, ordering a 60-day "cooling off" period.)
February 14, 1982: After a decade of decline, enrollment in the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Youngstown State University is increasing dramatically. There are more than 400 enrollees in the present quarter.
The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department under Sheriff Richard Jakmas has investigated 26 homicides and has cleared all but two, a rate of 92 percent. The national rate for homicide clearance is 72 percent.
John N. Heltzel succeeds his father, Carl J., as president and chairman of the board of directors of the Heltzel Co., a heavy construction equipment manufacturer in Warren. The elder Heltzel died in December.
February 14, 1967: A young robber forces James Maccarone, owner of the Horseshoe Bar on Market Street in Warren, into the basement along with nine others and escapes with an estimated 4,000. The bar had a large amount of cash on hand to cash paychecks.
The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department calls off a search for a phantom aircraft that was believed to have crashed in eastern Mahoning County and asks the FCC for help in investigating what deputies believe was a hoax CB radio broadcast.
The Mill Creek golf course is looking for a new golf professional after the resignation of Billy Carroll.
February 14, 1957: General Motors announces that it has deferred plans to build a plant in Lordstown Township, but says the plan has not been abandoned.
An American Airlines plane enroute from New York to Chicago makes an emergency landing at Youngstown Municipal Airport after an automatic alarm indicated fire in a tail compartment. The pilot released carbon monoxide by remote control as he began to land and the warning light went out at 4,000 feet.
Directors of the Youngstown Symphony Society are considering a summer music festival, possibly in 1958, featuring guest artists and opera. Dr. Richard Murray is named chairman of a committee to pursue the plan.
February 14, 1932: A team of Youngstown-Cleveland players takes top honors in the Round Table Club Bridge Tournament at Central Auditorium in Youngstown. A Pittsburgh team comes in third.
Negotiations open between the Ohio Edison Co. and Youngstown City Council's utilities committee on a new, lower domestic light rate for city resident.
Youngstown music lovers attend a concert of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra at Stambaugh Auditorium under the auspices of the Monday Musical Club.
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