Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2013. There are 322 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1809: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is born in present-day Larue County, Ky.
1818: Chile officially proclaims its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.
1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded.
1912: Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicates, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
1915: The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial is laid in Washington, D.C., a year to the day after groundbreaking.
1924: George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premieres in New York.
1940: The radio play “The Adventures of Superman” debuts with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.
1959: The redesigned Lincoln penny — with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side — goes into circulation.
1963: President John F. Kennedy celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a reception at the White House.
1988: Some EDATA board members and other communities are taking exception to a deal that allowed McDonald Village to rejoin the Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency with three years of unpaid dues being waived.
Gov. Richard F. Celeste issues an executive order for the state Department of Highway Safety to allow Ohio motorists to renew license plates through an optional by-mail system.
1973: Campbell Police Sgt. Albert M. Masi, 53, a leader in national veterans affairs, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital, 24 days after being struck by a car while directing traffic in McCartney Road near Moore Avenue.
Lykes-Youngstown Corp. announces a common stock dividend of $2.50 and preferred stock dividend of $4 per share.
Mahoning County Welfare Department’s case-load drops by two in January to 9,707 cases, the first drop since August.
1963: A large new downtown motel will be built on the site of the old Westminster Presbyterian Church across from the Mahoning County Courthouse.
A ruling is being sought on the legality of using Youngstown Transit Co. buses as school buses after a 7-year-old Arden Boulevard boy is killed by a car in front of his home. The 24-year-old driver of the car said she passed the bus unaware that it was functioning as a school bus.
U.S. Treasury Department agents arrest Youngstown Lawyer Vince Serman, Lenine Strollo, 31, and Robert Armstrong, 19, the son of a Youngstown policeman, in a crackdown on counterfeit currency.
1938: In the first concentrated drive in months against Youngstown District bootleggers, state liquor agents and city police arrest 10 people and confiscate 25 gallons of contraband.
Atty. Clyde Osborne breaks his leg after slipping on icy pavement in front of the Mahoning County Courthouse. He is in South Side Hospital.