Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2009. There are 350 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2009. There are 350 days left in the year. On this date in 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta.

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 1909, jazz drummer and composer Gene Krupa is born in Chicago. 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 1947, the mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short, the 22-year-old aspiring actress nicknamed the “Black Dahlia,” are found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved.

January 15, 1984: Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini defends his WBA Lightweight boxing crown with a third round TKO over Bobby Chacon in Reno, while Harry Arroyo takes a big step toward world ranking by winning a unanimous 10-round decision of 7th ranked Robin Blake in Atlantic City.

Bruce Bennett, project manager for Continental Hydro Corp., says a proposed $2.8 million generating facility at the Berlin Reservoir dam would be a source of cheap power for communities in the Mahoning Valley.

Crime in Youngstown decreases by 5 percent in 1983 from 1982, led by a decline in murders, from 26 to 20, and aggravated assault, from 997 to 464. Rape rose from 55 in 1982 to 80 in 1983.

January 15, 1969: Twenty-one Eagle Scouts from Youngstown Knights of Dunamis Chapter have been fitted for new red coats and spats in preparation for the inauguration in Washington. They will serve as ushers and guides in the presidential and congressional boxes.

Youngstown’s Negro community crowds New Bethel Baptist Church for a two-hour tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Almost 6,000 pupils were absent from city schools. Students had been given excused absences to attend King services.

Television Station WYTV (Channel 33) returns to the air after a series of interruptions after an insulator shattered Jan. 4, causing the tower to settle 15 inches.

January 15, 1959: The Ohio Supreme Court orders Frank R. Franko off the Youngstown Municipal Court bench, upholding Franko’s indefinite suspension from the practice of law. Franko says he will run for mayor.

Gov. Michael DiSalle says he will appoint to the Youngstown municipal judgeship vacancy the man whom he believes to be most qualifies.

John E. Doyle, 63, who rose from the postal ranks in the city to be named Youngstown postmaster, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital following a short illness.

January 15, 1934: Mrs. Arney Clutter, 20, her son, John, 2, and brother, Harold Adkins, 5, die in the Ohio River when their johnboat capsized after the family dog jumped from one side to the other. Leonard Cutter, 25, held onto to his son with one hand and the boat with the other until rescuers arrived, but the son died of exposure. The family was crossing the river to their home after visiting Leonard Clutter’s father.

Mrs. Mary Mitnyar, 28, of Sharon, Pa., faces murder charges after admitting to the “mercy killing” of her two-year-old son, Rudolph, described as a “helpless cripple” unable to walk or talk.

Youngstown Mayor Mark E. Moore says one of the things that Youngstown has always lacked is a sense of “civic patriotism,”

2008, The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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