Years AgoPublished: 2/2/12 @ 12:00
Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2012. There are 333 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.
On this date in:
1536: Present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina, is founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
1653: New Amsterdam — now New York City — is incorporated.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, is signed.
1882: Irish poet and novelist James Joyce is born near Dublin.
1887: Punxsutawney, Pa., holds its first Groundhog Day festival.
1912: Broadway composer Burton Lane (“Finian’s Rainbow”) is born in New York City.
Frederick R. Law parachutes from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in a stunt filmed by Pathe News.
1922: The James Joyce novel “Ulysses” is published in Paris by Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare and Co. on Joyce’s 40th birthday.
1987: Mahoning Valley deaths related to heart ailments have topped the national average for at least 16 years, and doctors, scientists and public health officials have some theories but are not sure why.
Gov. Richard F. Celeste unveils a $22 billion, no-frills biennial budget, which he says is the state’s most austere in the last quarter century.
The Mahoning Valley delegation in the Ohio General Assembly say they’ll push for rehabilitation of the Lake Milton Dam, economic development initiatives and improvements in state financial support for local governments.
Mahoning County and Youngstown officials say they believe they will have trouble obtaining liability insurance in 1987, but they are not convinced a proposed statewide self-insurance pool would work.
1972: Ninety-seven percent of the 6,300 members of United Auto Workers Local 1112 at General Motors Lordstown complex approve a strike over layoffs and a speed-up of the assembly line.
Mayor Jack C. Hunter says Youngstown is considering withdrawing from the Mahoning-Trumbull Transportation Study after Hubbard Mayor Joseph Baldine accuses Hunter of trying to “dictate” how the two-county Council of Governments operates.
The Punxsutawney, Pa., groundhog emerges from his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob and sees his shadow, a prediction of six more weeks of winter.
1962: Mayor Harry Savasten asks city council to pass a resolution agreeing to match a $102,220 grant for improvements at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, a safeguard against losing the federal funds.
J.W. McAuley Co. Inc., aluminum fabricators, bids $7,630 for the 14th parcel in the W. Federal Street slum clearance project.
More than 200 Youngs-town area Republicans travel by bus, train and private cars to Cleveland for a $100-a-plate dinner at Public Hall, where U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona is the main speaker.
1937: Five Youngstown men are listed among successful applicants in the Ohio State Bar examinations: John Harahlambie, Thule B. Knight, Anthony Lysowski, John Ryder Rose and Robert E. Sullivan, all of Youngstown, and Theodore T. Macejko of Struthers.
Government inspectors approve the petition of 240 residents of Boardman to have their mail delivered from Youngstown instead of Poland.
State Rep. John J. McGowan of Youngstown will introduce a bill in the Ohio Assembly to set a minimum allowance in state compensation cases of $15 a week and raise the maximum from $18.75 to $25.
L.C. Cook, a Pittsburgh auctioneer who sold the household furnishings of H.K. Wick in Youngstown and the P.T. Barnum home furnishings, conducts an auction of the treasures, furniture, books, rugs, pictures and antiques gathered by Katharine Locke of 768 Bryson St. during her travels.