Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2013. There are 332 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.

1887: Punxsutawney, Pa., holds its first Groundhog Day festival.

1912: Frederick R. Law parachutes from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in a stunt filmed by Pathe News.

1913: New York City’s rebuilt Grand Central Terminal officially opens to the public at one minute past midnight.

1943: The remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrender in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.

1971: Idi Amin, having seized power in Uganda, proclaims himself president.

1988: In a speech the broadcast television networks decline to carry live, President Ronald Reagan presses his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.


1988: A Mahoning County Health Department report says some 263 water wells in Poland Township are producing water that is typical of other parts of the county, but that some oddities are unexplained in about 100 other wells but it is not clear if blasting at the U.S. Cement Co. or operations at the Browning Ferris landfill are responsible.

Some residents of Weathersfield Township in Trumbull County are discussing annexation to Youngstown in order to have access to city water and sewer services.

1973: Two cars collide at Bandy and Sebring-Alliance roads in Mahoning County, killing four occupants of one car and injuring three others. Dead are Mr. and Mrs. James V. Martin, their 4-year-old son, Jeffrey, and Mary Ellis, 62, the boy’s nursemaid, all of Alliance.

A police investigation finds that a copy of a test for general foreman of the street department that was found on the floor of the reproduction shop in City Hall and was turned over to Mayor Jack C. Hunter was an apparent accident. The errant copy caused the cancellation of the Civil Service promotional exam pending the investigation.

1963: Lt. Col. Herbert Price is appointed executive officer for the 910th Troop Carrier Group at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

An explosion and fire fueled by gasoline and other inflammables gut Cal’s Auto Sales at 1445 South Ave., destroying several vehicles and valuable tools.

The U.S. Senate is in the third week of a battle to revise the filibuster, which southern senators have used to block civil rights legislation.

Henry Stambaugh Golf Course receipts, which have been spiraling in recent years, continue on the upward trend in 1962, hitting a high of $21,506.

1938: With 400 additional WPA assignments to Mahoning County jobless rolls, the county has 4,863 people receiving help from federal work relief funds.

A verdict for $8,000 is awarded to John J. McCann by a jury in Judge Erskine Maiden’s court in McCann’s suit for $15,000 damages against the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers Local 476 because of an alleged assault by the union’s business agent.

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