Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2013. There are 328 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1778: The United States wins official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.
1911: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, is born in Tampico, Ill.
1922: Cardinal Archille Ratti is elected pope; he takes the name Pius XI.
1943: A Los Angeles jury acquits actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
1952: Britain’s King George VI dies at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he is succeeded as monarch by his daughter, who becomes Queen Elizabeth II.
1973: Dixy Lee Ray is appointed by President Richard Nixon to be the first woman to head the Atomic Energy Commission.
1992: Sixteen people die when a C-130 military transport plane crashes in Evansville, Ind.
1998: President Bill Clinton signs a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
1988: A Teamsters official says Local 377 has collected enough signatures to seek a representative election by 450 clerical employees at the Western Reserve Care System, which operates North Side and South Side hospitals.
Tiffany Chill, former Boardman High cage star, is in her second season as a starter for the Penn State women’s basketball team, averaging 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds through 17 games.
1973: A 15-year-old Republic Avenue boy, one of eight children and a victim of polio, is found guilty of being delinquent by shooting a Wells Fargo security guard at the McGuffey Mall after the security guard evicted him for horseplay with other boys.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins an inspection of the deteriorating Lake Milton Dam.
Col. Donald Peterson, a NASA astronaut, will speak on space exploration at the 1973 science forum for area high school students at Canfield High.
1963: Sharon Steel Corp. scores a sharp gain in net income in 1962, which rose to $1,401,000 from $1,086,000 a year earlier.
Planning on more than $12 million worth of highway projects in the Youngstown district has been halted since Gov. James A. Rhodes took office and froze more than $210 million for projects statewide.
Two young bandits striking within a half hour hold up and rob attendants at the Colonial Hotel in W. Federal Street and the Youngstown Hotel in W. Boardman Street, escaping with $235.
1938: Bus Driver E.C. McGraw stands up to two youthful bandits who got on his South Avenue bus with the intention of robbing its 60 passengers. McGraw rose from his seat as the youths began to order the riders into the back of the bus, spooking them and causing them to flee empty handed.
Judge Guy L. Fake in Newark, N.J., Federal Court, upholds the basic patent of Cold Metal Process Co. of Youngstown, allowing the company to collect large royalties from U.S. Steel Corp., American Sheet & Tin Plate Co. and all steel companies not licensed to use the Steckel patent.