Years Ago

Today is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2013. There are 330 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1783: Britain’s King George III proclaims a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

1789: Electors choose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

1913: Rosa Parks, a black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus to a white man sparks a civil rights revolution, is born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.

1932: Walt Disney’s animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” opens in general U.S. release.

1941: The United Service Organizations (USO) comes into existence.

1962: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is founded in Memphis, Tenn., by entertainer Danny Thomas.

1972: Mariner 9, orbiting Mars, transmits images of the red planet.

1974: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1983: Pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter dies in Downey, Calif., at age 32.


1988: During a day of congressional speeches on the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, that of James A. Traficant Jr. attracted considerable attention for his comparison of the rebels to the Three Stooges, his characterization of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega as a “creep” and his suggestion that if President Reagan really thinks Nicaragua is a threat to the U.S. he should talk about attacking Soviet ships carrying arms to the country .

James E. Michaels says he is resigning as president and chief executive officer of the Western Reserve Care System, but tells the board he will stay until a replacement can be found.

Amin Q. Chaudhri’s film, “Tiger Warsaw” premieres at the Basil Theater in Hermitage Square shopping center to an audience of 380 who paid $50 per ticket. The movie, starring Patrick Swayze and Piper Laurie, was filmed on Sharon locations.

1973: The Youngstown Civil Service Commission rejects an appeal by Dr. John R. Dahman to be restored to his job as former assistant city health commissioner.

Shawn Straney, 22, of Youngstown, will join local doctors and dentists as an interpreter on their trip to Nicaragua. The doctors are Dr. Robert Morrison, Dr. John D. Beal, Dr. V.J. Costa and Dr. Paul Dobson.

1963: The loss from a fire at the Youngstown Club on the top floors of the Union National Bank building have been revised upward to as much as $1 million. The building is covered in icicles that formed from water poured on the early morning fire by every fire company in the city.

Thieves break into the Sparkle Super Market at 713 N. Garland Ave. and haul away a 2,000 pound safe containing an unknown amount of weekend receipts.

Remnant days at two Youngstown department stores attract large crowds downtown. The Strouss’ store adjacent to the Union National Bank building had some water infiltration from the Youngstown Club fire but suffered no loss of inventory.

1938: Atty. James E. Bennett, former president of the Mahoning County Bar Association and prominent local Democrat, is named by Gov. Martin Davey to the 7th District Court of Appeals to succeed the late James W. Roberts.

Dr. W.W. Ryall, Youngs-town health commissioner, says Youngstown schools are suffering with a mild epidemic of measles and chickenpox, with 169 cases reported in January.

Youngstown planners recommend a zone change that will allow the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority to build a $3.6 million project providing homes for 650 families on W. Federal Street, bounded by S. Griffith Street and Lexington and Ardale avenues.

Mayor Lionel Evans greets violinist David Rubinoff on his arrival at the Pennsylvania station and gets to carry Rubinoff’s valuable Stradivarius violin for him. Rubinoff will play in a Junior League charity concert at Stambaugh auditorium.

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