Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2013. There are 329 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1917: Congress passes, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians.

1922: The first edition of Reader’s Digest is published.

1953: Walt Disney’s animated feature “Peter Pan” is first released.

1971: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell step onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.

1973: Services are held at Arlington National Cemetery for U.S. Army Col. William B. Nolde, the last official American combat casualty before the Vietnam cease-fire takes effect.


1988: Reacting to an engineering study that concluded the former Higbee Building parking deck downtown is structurally unsound and may collapse, city officials order the deck’s owners to shore up two cracked beams within three days.

Youngstown risk Manager John Franken finds his job threatened on two counts: Mayor Patrick Ungaro has called on city council to consider hiring a risk management firm for the city and Franken’s move from Youngstown to Boardman could violate the city’s residency rule.

1973: Nearly 150 diners escape injury as they flee from a fire at the Chicken Manor Restaurant on state Route 59 between Ravenna and Kent.

Mayor Jack C. Hunter suspends four city employees for their part in the loss of a page of a civil service exam that was being copied at the reproduction room of the Division of Public Works.

1963: Members of the Youngstown Board of Education declare vacant the seat of board member Francis J. Witt Jr., who has purchased property in Parma and has enrolled his children in school there. Witt’s Kiowa Drive home is on the market but has not been sold and he has not submitted a resignation from the board.

Just hours after his wife was buried, Charles Cromartie, 75, is shot to death in a gun battle with another man in Cromartie’s living quarters behind his tavern on Ohio Street in Wheatland, Pa. A 45-year-old Canal Street man is in Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital with three bullet wounds.

1938: James Crowley, 55, two bandits killed in a gun battle with Columbus police after a $3,500 bank robbery may have been connected with the murder of Roy “Happy” Marino, Youngstown racketeer in September and with a $5,000 holdup of the Columbiana Citizens Savings Bank, says George Curran, Columbiana County detective.

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