Today is Saturday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2008. There are 354 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Saturday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2008. There are 354 days left in the year. On this date in 1948, the Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, rules that states cannot discriminate against law-school applicants on the basis of race.

In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I dies. In 1773, the first public museum in America is organized, in Charleston, S.C. In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote. In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, after serving out the remainder of the term of her late husband. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt re-establishes the National War Labor Board. In 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces begin a huge, successful offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson says in his State of the Union address that the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended. In 1976, mystery writer Dame Agatha Christie dies in Wallingford, England, at age 85. In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasts off with a crew that includes the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz. In 1987, Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite arrives in Lebanon on his latest mission to win the release of Western hostages; however, Waite ends up being taken captive himself.

January 12, 1983: Kenneth Zinz, a Fitch High School government teacher, is elected chairman of the Austintown Township Board of Trustees, succeeding Dr. George Beelen.

Seventy-seven layoffs planned by the Vukovich administration could be reduced by taking away some employee fringe benefits, but City Council action would be necessary.

GF Business Equipment Co. will layoff 120 hourly workers, about 20 percent of the company’s work force.

January 12, 1968: United Engine-ering and Foundry Co., which has plants in Youngstown, has unanimously approved an exchange offer from directors of Wean Industries Inc. of Warren and will recommend stockholder acceptance.

Youngstown’s application for a 1968 Soap Box Derby franchise is approved by All-American Soap Box Derby headquarters in Detroit.

A Bronze Star is awarded posthumously to Warrant Officer Robert G. Porea during ceremonies at Youngstown State University. A perpetual memorial scholarship is also established at Cardinal Mooney High School in his name. Porea was the first Mooney graduate killed in the Vietnam War.

January 12, 1958: Dan Maggianetti, former Youngstown police lieutenant who has taken the job of East Liverpool safety-service director, launches a crackdown on gambling and the numbers rackets. Even pinball machines are disappearing from the city.

Ice on Lake Newport has reached four inches, allowing ice skating for the first time this season. Skating will also be available at Volney Rogers, Kirkmere, Lincoln and Crandall parks and Boardman Township Park.

Youngstown University’s cage team wins, 60-54, over Central State at Wilberforce. The victory is the 10th in 12 starts for Coach Dom Rosselli’s team.

January 12, 1933: The U.S. Army Board of Engineers recommends resurveying the Beaver and Mahoning rivers from the Ohio River to Struthers for the feasibility of creating a navigable canal.

Mahoning County commissioners approve a 1933 budget of $2.6 million to operate county government and retire county bonds, a cut of about 10 percent from the 1932 budget.

Speaking to the Youngstown Association of Credit Men, Dr. Stephen I. Miller, director of economics for R.G. Dun & Co., predicts that economic conditions at the end of 1933 will be about 20 percent better than a year earlier.

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