Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2013. There are 325 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1825: The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau is established.

1942: Daylight-saving “War Time” goes into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

1943: The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ends with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

1950: In a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charges the State Department is riddled with Communists.

1963: The Boeing 727 goes on its first-ever flight as it takes off from Renton, Wash.

1964: The Beatles make their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York on CBS.

1971: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in California’s San Fernando Valley claims 65 lives.

The crew of Apollo 14 returns to Earth after man’s third landing on the moon.


1988: Speaking at Grove City College, Robert Bork says the methods used by his opponents to defeat his Supreme Court nomination could impair the way the nation chooses its judges in the future.

A 24-year-old North Lima pilot, David Pusser, is killed when his single-engine plane stalled just after takeoff from Lansdowne Airport and crashed into a wooded area on Youngstown’s East Side.

For the first time in six years, LTV Steel Co. reports a profit. Some of the $374 million will be allocated to profit sharing for employees and retirees.

Students at Williamson Elementary School who operate the Hoppin’ Poppin’ Corn Co. buy a new popcorn machine that is set up in the school cafeteria. The machine was bought with proceeds from sales a year earlier during which they used small hot-air popping machines.

1973: Mayor Jack C. Hunter tells the Downtown Kiwanis Club that he will call a meeting asking all political subdivisions in the area pay their “fair share” toward operation of various regional facilities financed by Youngstown, such as the airport, Mill Creek Park and Lake Milton.

Richard A. Wisniewski of West Middlesex, Pa., is selected “pro of the quarter” in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s employee incentive program.

Mrs. Winifred Smeltzer, member of the Youngstown Board of Education, says that unless voters approve a $17 million bond issue and build new schools, children will have to be bused from overcrowded schools.

1963: The cornice and stone work on the 13th floor of the Union National Bank Building will be inspected to determine the extent of damage sustained from the Youngstown Club fire.

Dominick Moio, 60, is identified by detectives as the man who drove William “Billy” Naples from his home to a West Madison Avenue garage where Naples died in a car explosion in July.

1938: General Fireproofing Co. has its best year in history in 1937 with earnings of $1,147,557 on sales of $9.8 million.

Mahoning County Prosecutor William A. Ambrose is investigating a speed trap set up by constables in Coitsville that is so active that the Pennsylvania State Patrol is warning motorists heading for Ohio to avoid Route 422 in Ohio.

The United Labor Congress in Youngstown launches an aggressive local campaign to boycott Japanese-made goods and to “buy American” as part of a campaign to halt “Japanese cutthroat competition” and aid American employment.

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