Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2013. There are 331 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1913: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, is ratified.

1930: The chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigns for health reasons. (He dies just over a month later.)

1943: During World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sinks after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survive.

1959: Rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson die in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.


1988: Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro says he will lobby city council to make a decision on a proposed $4 million bond issue that would finance downtown improvements.

Trumbull County commissioners vote to place a 0.5-mill levy on the May ballot to finance a 911 emergency telephone system in the county.

1973: A small tornado strikes Brookfield Township, moving two mobile homes off their foundations at the Wyngate Trailer Park.

Mayor Jack C. Hunter files with City Council his annual report on his assets, showing he holds investments and assets totaling $27,492, including his home, valued at $14,000; mutual funds worth $1,492; common stock, $3,725, and a 1964 Thunderbird valued at $450.

1963: Flames shoot from the top floor of the Union National Bank Building destroying the exclusive Youngstown Club. Every piece of firefighting equipment in the city was rushed to the scene to fight a fire that was apparently set by burglars. Damage is estimated at $150,000.

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor David McLain tells commissioners that the county, not the city of Warren, owns the vacant land in Courthouse Park and Monumental Park across Mahoning Avenue because when the plat was recorded in 1802 the county existed, but not the city.

1938: Former Judge Thomas I. Gillmer, 93, the oldest attorney in Trumbull County, dies at his home at 420 High Street in Warren.

The Rev. Leonard W.S. Stryker marks the 20th anniversary of his pastorate at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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