Today is Wednesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2009. There are 351 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2009. There are 351 days left in the year. On this date in 1969, 27 people aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise are killed when a rocket warhead explodes, setting off a fire and additional explosions that rip through the ship off Hawaii.

In 1639, the first constitution of Connecticut — the “Fundamental Orders” — is adopted. In 1784, the United States ratifies a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War. In 1858, French emperor Napoleon III escapes an attempt on his life. In 1900, Puccini’s opera “Tosca” has its world premiere in Rome. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle open a wartime conference in Casablanca.

January 14, 1984: Mahoning County Juvenile Judge Martin P. Joyce files an order with the Clerk of Courts instructing the county commissioners to increase his 1984 appropriations immediately by $70,000. Joyce said the $1.2 million appropriation commissioners had approved was inadequate for the operation of his court.

Frank J. Valenta, director of USW District 28, charges that a mini-mill being proposed in Cleveland by an Oklahoma company would use foreign steel and equipment to “steal customers and steel jobs” from the depressed U.S. bar market.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Myrl Shoemaker cancels a controversial agreement with Gov. Richard Celeste that provided Shoemaker with a $15,000 pay supplement each year from Celeste’s campaign fund. He had collected $22,500 before the Ohio Ethics Commission issued an unfavorable opinion of the deal.

January 14, 1969: A two-alarm fire heavily damages the Western Auto Store at 2610 Market Street in Youngstown, causing damage estimated at $50,000.

Youngstown police arrest 23 juveniles and a 19-year-old after breaking up a violent gang fight involving students from Chaney and Campbell Memorial high schools in Lake Glacier Boat House.

Marine Pfc. Abron E. Davis of Youngstown is Mahoning County’s first Vietnam fatality of 1969. He is killed by enemy rifle fire at Da Nang, five weeks after going overseas.

January 14, 1959: Ohio lawmakers are considering four separate bills aimed at getting 14-year-old motor scooter operators off the state’s highways.

Mahoning County prosecutor says Coroner David A. Belinky can hire an investigator to assist him despite objections by county commissioners.

Former Common Pleas Judge Harold B. Doyle is named a federal bankruptcy referee in Youngstown by Chief U.S. District Judge Paul Jones of Cleveland.

January 14, 1934: Appearing as a personal representative of President Franklin Roosevelt, Postmaster-General James Farley opens the 33rd auto show in Cleveland. Farley describes the motor car industry as a gateway to prosperity.

The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce airport survey committee will compile a list of all the proposed sites for a municipal airport, including the present site.

A 12-year-old local piano prodigy, Grace Stambaugh, will be the assisting artist when Thomas Webber Jr., nationally known organist, presents the third in a series of recitals at Stambaugh Auditorium.

2008, The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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