Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2013. There are 327 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1812: Author Charles Dickens is born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.

1904: A fire begins in Baltimore that rages for about 30 hours and destroys more than 1,500 buildings.

1943: During World War II, the government abruptly announces that rationing of shoes made with leather would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person per year.

1962: President John F. Kennedy imposes a full trade embargo on Cuba.

1983: Elizabeth H. Dole is sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.


1988: More than 200 people express interest in joining the Boardman Police Department after the Civil Service Commission advertises it is accepting applicants. An estimated 50 of those applicants are members of the Youngstown Police Department.

James A. Traficant Jr.’s name will appear on the Democratic presidential ballot in Ohio’s 21 congressional districts and Traficant says he has set a goal of receiving 500,000 votes, which he says would be enough to carry Ohio against nine other candidates.

1973: Mayor Jack C. Hunter says a proposal by local developers to build a Holiday Inn at Market and E. Boardman streets on the site of the old Tod Hotel has fallen through, but the Youngstown Urban Renewal Department is seeking another developer for the project.

Federal Judge Carl B. Rubin in Columbus rules that Dayton schools are racially segregated and orders the Dayton board of Education to submit plans within 609 days to rectify the situation.

The Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission is preparing a resolution calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to drain Lake Milton entirely.

1963: Nine-year-old Rocco “Butch” Pochiro and his pup, Sandy, are found in the woods after a day-long search by 30 Wedgwood Park neighbors. The boy had run away after being told he could no long have the dog. Sandy has gotten a reprieve, but Butch must take more responsibility for his care.

Melvin Leroy Johnson, 34, ends a nine-day fast at the Mahoning County jail, which he began after being returned from California, where he was found after escaping. He didn’t make clear why he began the hunger strike.

1938: Harvey Firestone, head of the world wide rubber interests bearing his name, dies at his mansion on the shore in Miami Beach at the age of 69. Firestone, a native of Columbiana County, maintained his summer home at the old homestead.

Violence between rival “bug” outfits, long predicted in Youngstown, breaks out when three men rough up a runner for the “Big House” in front of one of the outfit’s major outlets seizing lottery slips representing $400 in bets.

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