Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2008


Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2008. There are 351 days left in the year. On this date in 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta.

In 1559, England’s Queen Elizabeth I is crowned in Westminster Abbey. In 1777, the people of New Connecticut declare their independence. (The tiny republic later becomes the state of Vermont.) In 1844, the University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana. In 1908, nuclear physicist Edward Teller is born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru is named to succeed Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India’s Congress Party. In 1943, work is completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeat the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I. In 1973, President Nixon announces the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations. In 1978, two students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, are murdered in their sorority house. (Ted Bundy is later convicted of the crime, and executed.)

January 15, 1983: Businessmen, educators and government and union officials from across northeast Ohio do some soul-searching at a meeting convened by the Work in Northeast Ohio Council and agree that some problems preventing the economic revitalization of the region begin with them.

Mahoning County Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr. asks the federal court to move his bribery and tax evasion trial out of Northeast Ohio because he fears extensive and prejudicial news coverage has jeopardized his chances for a fair trial.

The Rev. Gary Frost, newly elected pastor of New Rising Star Baptist church, is installed in an evening ceremony.

January 15, 1968: The Youngs–town district’s heaviest snowfall of the winter, 10-inches, clogs roads and cause some schools in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to close.

Albert Wecht of Austintown is killed and his two sons and a neighbor boy are injured when their car is struck by a train near Emlenton, Pa. They were on their way to a camp near Punxsutawney.

A large number of antiques, valued at as much as $250,000, is destroyed by fire at a summer home in Union Township near New Castle owned by Mrs. Robert Armstrong Jr. of New Castle.

January 15, 1958: Youngstown’s income tax collections set a record in 1957, totaling $4.6 million, an increase of $850,000 over 1956.

Traffic coordinator John Pietnik asks Youngstown City Council to extend the enforcement period for all city parking meters from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Some meters are enforced until 6 p.m., others till 8 p.m., causing confusion, Pietnik says.

January 15, 1933: Representa–tives of railroads announce their opposition to a canal along the Shenango and Mahoning rivers from the Ohio River to Struthers.

H.H. Geitgey, president of the Federal Savings & Loan Co. in Youngstown, says mortgage foreclosures in the area are running only about 1 percent.

The McCrory Stores Corp., which has two stores in Youngstown, one at 9 W. Federal St. and one at 132 W. Federal St., files for bankruptcy in New York City. The company borrowed to meet seasonal needs of its business, but sales were lower than anticipated.

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