Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2008. There are 324 days left in the year. On this date in 1858, a French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claims to have experienced the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepts that the visions are of the Virgin Mary; Bernadette, who died in 1879 at age 35, was canonized in 1933.)
In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting law favoring his party — giving rise to the term “gerrymandering.” In 1847, American inventor Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio. In 1929, the Lateran Treaty is signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors Corp. ends, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union. In 1945, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement during World War II. In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran. In 1986, Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky is released by the Soviet Union after nine years of captivity as part of an East-West prisoner exchange. In 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in captivity.
February 11, 1983: A plan to develop the area into a high-technology center is unveiled by the Trumbull County Planning Commission. The plan would bring together industrialists, financiers, developers and educators to retrain jobless workers for high-tech work.
Mahoning Valley truckers breathe a sigh of relief that an 11-day, violence-studded strike by independent truckers is over.
Niles officials renew the city’s efforts to enforce its anti-obscenity ordinance, arresting a clerk at the Niles Book and News Store on Youngstown-Warren Road.
February 11, 1968: The Mahon–ing County Democratic Executive Committee endorses John J. Gilligan, a Cincinnati councilman, for U.S. senator over incumbent Frank J. Lausche.
Stambaugh Auditorium has a new look as a $110,000 refurbishing program nears completion. The seats have been covered in new opera red upholstery and matching red and maroon carpeting has been installed.
Late-game heroics by high-scorer Joe Nigro give the Youngstown State Penguins their first road game win in five outings, beating Cleveland State, 69-66.
February 11, 1958: Youngstown Mayor Frank X. Kryzan will meet with Ohio Highway Director Charles M. Noble in Columbus to discuss what the mayor terms “an apparent mix-up” in obtaining federal approval for the city’s arterial highway project.
Edward F. Maneely, 79, founder and president-treasurer of Wheatland Tube Co. and Wheatland Steel Products Co., one of the Shenango Valley’s largest independent employers, dies in Temple Hospital in Philadelphia.
February 11, 1933: A bureau that will attempt to work out mortgage loan problems for Youngstown homeowners will be opened in the Chamber of Commerce headquarters in the City Bank Building and manned by H.S. Warwick of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.
Fire of an incendiary nature sweeps the Gable Hotel in Sharon, Pa., driving seven people out of the building and causing $10,000 in damage.
Samuel Calderwood, 73, of 465 W. LaClede Ave., Youngstown, the father of the six-day union rule for stereotypers and electrotypers in the United States, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he had been a patient for a week.