Today is Sunday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2007. There are 344 days left in the year. On this date in 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, is executed on the guillotine.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resign from the U.S. Senate. In 1915, the first Kiwanis Club is founded, in Detroit. In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin dies at age 53. In 1942, Count Basie and His Orchestra record "One O'Clock Jump" in New York for Okeh Records. In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, is found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who always maintained his innocence, serves less than four years in prison.) In 1950, George Orwell, author of "1984," dies in London. In 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Conn. (however, the Nautilus does not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later). In 1976, the supersonic Concorde jet is put into service by Britain and France. In 1977, President Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. In 1982, convict-turned-author Jack Henry Abbott is found guilty in New York of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of waiter Richard Adan in 1981. (Abbott is later sentenced to 15 years to life in prison; he commits suicide in 2002.)
January 21, 1982: President Reagan has drafted a 1983 budget that calls for 15 billion in new excise taxes, transferring dozens of social programs to the states and a deficit of 75 billion, the largest ever sent to Congress.
Dr. Paul Paroz, superintendent of Badger Local School District, says that moving the eighth grade into the high school building will allow for a stronger education program for those students and save the district 50,000 a year.
Youngstown is sweetening its courtship of Airship Industries Ltd., a British manufacturer of dirigibles, offering the company Lansdowne Airport as a site for the plant for 1.
The needs of poor students and inner-city parish schools will receive special attention under a revised educational philosophy adopted by the Board of Education of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
January 21, 1967: Two fishermen, the fathers of a total of 15 children, drown after falling through the ice on Berlin Reservoir on a power sled. Dead are Noah Hershberger, 37, of Hartville, and John Kramer, 37, of Atwater. Ice on most of the lake was 8 inches thick, but only about 2 inches thick where the "skeedoo" the men were riding went through.
The state allots more than 6 million a year for Youngstown University, and additional millions for capital expenditures are expected to be earmarked in March.
Mahoning County Sheriff Ray T. Davis suspends Deputy Fred DiLullo for one week without pay for insulting Lowellville Mayor Joseph Rossi in a Lowellville restaurant.
January 21, 1957: Real estate activity remained strong in the Youngstown area during 1956, as new construction was off only 3 percent from the record of the year earlier. Nationwide, building was down 20 percent.
David J. McDonald, president of the United Steelworkers, suggests a three-month vacation every five years for production workers as a hedge against men losing their jobs to machines.
Chuck Tanner, outfielder from New Castle, Pa., signs his 1957 contract with the Milwaukee Braves.
Linda Kovachik, 9, and her brother, Donald, 12, rescue four puppies abandoned in an icy field behind Youngstown's Schenley Avenue housing project. The puppies are being kept warm and fed milk from a teaspoon, and good homes will be sought for them.
January 21, 1932: Evangelist Billy Sunday preaches to 4,000 people at the Rayen-Wood Auditorium, a crowd similar to that which greeted Sunday on a visit to Youngstown 21 years earlier. The 70-year-old preacher strode the stage, gesticulating wildly and eliciting laughter, applause and loud "amens."
Youngstown Mayor Mark Moore says he will leave the job of park commissioner open rather than accede to a court order to rehire Lionel Evans. Evans lawyer says he will seek a 500 fine against Moore for refusing to obey Judge David Jenkins' writ of mandamus.
A mongrel dog found on the streets of Sharon by the Shenango Valley Humane Society and given a home by William J. Flickinger of the Bethel-New Wilmington Road, repaid its master's kindness by saving the lives of his wife and two children when a fire started from a defective flue. The six-room home was destroyed, but the dog's barking awakened the family just in time to escape.
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