Years Ago

Today is Friday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2013. There are 333 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: The U.S. Supreme Court convenes for the first time in New York. (However, since only three of the six justices are present, the court recesses until the next day.)

1862: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a poem by Julia Ward Howe, is published in the Atlantic Monthly.

1922: In one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries, movie director William Desmond Taylor is shot to death in his Los Angeles home; the killing has never been solved.

1942: The Voice of America broadcasts its first program to Europe, relaying it through the facilities of the British Broadcasting Corp. in London.

1943: One of America’s most highly decorated military units, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up almost exclusively of Japanese-Americans, is authorized.

1960: Four black college students begin a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they’d been refused service.

1968: During the Vietnam War, South Vietnam’s police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.

1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini receives a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ends nearly 15 years of exile.

2003: The space shuttle Columbia breaks up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members.


1988: S. Adele Shank, a public defender handling the appeal of Rosalie Grant, convicted in the murder of her two sons, says she has never seen a case in which so many parts of the court record are missing.

A federal grant of $1.5 million is approved toward a $19 million expansion of the Tamco Distributors warehouse in Austintown.

A study by two Youngs-town State University professors predicts the unemployment rate for Mahoning and Trumbull counties — the highest in the state at 10.2 percent, will fall by a whopping three percent in 1988.

1973: Damage is estimated at $50,000 in a fire that swept through the offices of Stephen C. Baytos Associates on Karago Avenue in Boardman.

About 1,000 aluminum workers, members of the United Steelworkers locals in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, strike eight aluminum plants in the two counties over wages and fringes after their four-year contracts expire.

1963: Three young men led by a hardened criminal on a series of burglaries in Green, Ellsworth and Jackson townships are placed on probation, but the ringleader is sentenced to the Ohio Penitentiary for one-to five years.

James V. “Dankers” Petrella, 36-year-old vice offender, is arrested in the police drive against delinquent parking tickets. Petrella had 13 unpaid tickets from 1962.

Seventy garden club presidents are welcomed to a tea at the Pioneer Pavilion by Mrs. James Fisher, president of the Garden Forum of Greater Youngstown.

1938: Harry Isaacs, 35, a Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. employee, is shot in the hip when he tries to halt the holdup of Dan’s Cafe on Midlothian Boulevard where three masked gunmen lined up 10 customers.

An unidentified man aged about 50 jumps off the Market Street Bridge and plunges to his death in the Mahoning River.

Ohio Gov. Martin Davey vetoes a $12 million relief bill that, among other things, would have denied relief to noncitizens and required newspaper publication of the names of all relief recipients.

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