Today is Wednesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2007. There are 334 days left in the year. On this date in 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2007. There are 334 days left in the year. On this date in 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I, is executed.
In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee is named General-in-Chief of all the Confederate armies. In 1917, during World War I, Germany serves notice it is beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt devalues the dollar in relation to gold. In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces begin a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands. In 1945, Private Eddie Slovik, 24, becomes the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion as he is shot by an American firing squad in France. In 1958, the United States enters the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I. In 1971, astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blast off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon. In 1987, discount airline pioneer People Express flies its last flights before merging into Continental Airlines. In 2000, an Alaska Airlines jet plummets into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people aboard.
January 31, 1982: U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-19th, says Ohio congressmen who supported Ronald Reagan is the first year of his presidency may step back in 1982, when they are facing re-election.
Three of Warren's four hospitals -- Trumbull Memorial, St. Joseph and Hillside -- will be turning to the public for financial help in 1982 as the medical facilities cope with inflation and face ever-expanding needs for quality care. The fourth hospital, Warren General, has just completed an expansion program.
Cardinal Mooney High School's speech and debate team takes the sweepstakes trophy in Youngstown district competition at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren.
January 31, 1967: A young man who refuses to identify himself is captured at the Akron Interchange of the Ohio Turnpike after robbing State Fire Marshal Roy Ricker in his Austintown home of 50 and escaping in Ricker's car.
The Federal Aviation Agency will take bids for a new 300,000 air traffic control tower at Youngstown Municipal Airport.
Carole Ann Joseph of New Castle presents a commemorative plate made at Shenango Ceramics to TV star Danny Thomas. The plate features a raised image of St. Jude Hospital, which Thomas founded, and was commissioned by the New Castle Chapter of ALSAC.
January 31, 1957: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan hands out more than 500 white carnations to members of Congress to mark the birthdate of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Ohio's new governor, William C. O'Neill, makes his first visit as governor to the Mahoning Valley, attending the McKinley Club dinner in Niles.
President Eisenhower asks Congress to change immigration laws so that it will be easier to give haven to refugees who have fled Communist tyranny or may do so in the future.
January 31, 1932: A 17-year-old South Side youth faces manslaughter charges after running a red light and striking and killing a pedestrian, Idwal Hughes, at Woodland Avenue and Market Street. The driver fled the scene and led police on a wild chase through downtown before being captured near City Hall.
A ceremonial mound of early Indians is found a little to the west of New Middletown by Harry P. David, amateur archeologist. It is the only known evidence of mound builders in Mahoning County.
The Westminster College basketball team will play a benefit game in Struthers High against the Struthers O'Brien-Almer Billiards team. One of the main stars for Westminster is Mauno "Whitey" Siljander, a three-sport star in basketball, football and track.