Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2008. There are 353 days left in the year. On this date in

Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2008. There are 353 days left in the year. On this date in 1794, President George Washington approves a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. (The number of stripes are later reduced to the original 13.)

In 1864, composer Stephen Foster dies in New York at age 37. In 1898, Emile Zola’s famous defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, “J’accuse,” is published in Paris. In 1941, novelist and poet James Joyce dies in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday. In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday. In 1966, Robert C. Weaver is named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon Johnson; Weaver becomes the first black Cabinet member. In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey dies in Waverly, Minn., at age 66. In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation’s first elected black governor as he takes the oath of office in Richmond. In 2002, the off-Broadway musical “The Fantasticks” finishes its original run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 shows.

January 13, 1983: Youngstown police set up an informational picket line outside City Hall during a City Council meeting to protest the Vukovich administration’s plan to lay off 25 police officers and seven civilian Police Department employees. Forty-five other city employees also face layoffs.

A home rule charter for Mahoning County is doomed if it contains a provision to eliminate most elected offices, say the county chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties, Atty. Don Hanni and Dr. William Binning.

Warren Mayor Dan Sferra says that if Hills Department Store goes through with its plan to close its store in the Ridgeview Plaza, the vacancy “will kill the whole plaza.”

January 13, 1968: Burglars got an estimated $5,000 in stamps and cash after burning their way into a walk-in vault at the Struthers Post Office.

Robert E. Williams, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., tells members of the Downtown Kiwanis Club that 1968 looks like a good year for the steel industry, which is improving merchandising, research and production techniques.

The Pentagon, confronted with the rising cost of the war in Vietnam, cancels a $175 million program to develop a larger atomic warhead for land-based missiles.

January 13, 1958: More than 30 people are driven from their apartments in two buildings on Water Avenue in Sharon by a fire that threatens the business district and causes more than $150,000 in damage before being brought under control.

President Eisenhower requests a military budget of $39.8 billion, a peacetime record.

The United Auto Workers Union suggests a profit-sharing plan in the 1958 wage contracts and postpones demands for a shorter work week.

January 13, 1933: After a silence of three weeks, there are signs of renewed gang warfare in Youngstown Frank Scartino, 30, a close friend of “Peaceful Sam” Lapolina who was killed Dec. 20,  is found in a ravine near Hubbard brutally murdered. Scartino had been hog-tied with clothes line, pinned beneath a large log and stabbed numerous times.

Cleveland Mayor Ray T. Miller cuts salaries for chief city officials, including himself, by five percent. Miller had earlier cut pay by 10 percent. The charter entitles him to a salary of $15,000 a year, but he is collecting only $12,000.

The Ohio Edison Co. refuses a request by Youngstown City Council for a 20 percent cut in domestic electricity rates.


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