Today in history

Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2013. There are 321 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1741: Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania publishes the first American magazine. “The American Magazine, or A Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies” lasts three issues.

1861: Abraham Lincoln is officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.

1935: A jury in Flemington, N.J., finds Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann is later executed.)

1943: During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established.

1960: France explodes its first atomic bomb in the Sahara Desert.

1972: The 11th Winter Olympics ends in Sapporo, Japan.

1980: The 13th Winter Olympics opens in Lake Placid, N.Y.

1988: The 15th winter Olympics opens in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


1988: State Rep. Ronald Gerberry of Austintown introduces H.B. 762 that would give county commissioners the authority to reroute trucks carrying hazardous materials around such resources as the Meander Reservoir.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is backing a Jefferson County group’s attempt to block a private landfill from accepting more than 10 times the amount of daily refuse currently allowed.

Ohio Republican Chairman Robert Bennett makes a personal appeal to former area congressman Lyle Williams to run for the state Senate seat held by Democrat Thomas E. Carney of Girard.

1973: Sharon Steel Corp., the nation’s 13th largest steel maker, reports 1972 earnings of $9.5 million on sales of $301 million, the best in the company’s 73-year history.

Arson fires damage three classrooms extensively at South High School, with losses estimated at $12,000.

1963: A runaway auto abandoned by a man being sought by police hits Youngstown Patrolman William Gruver, 35, and then rams into a parked cruiser in front of 531 Woodland Ave. Gruver is treated at South Side Hospital; the man who had fled Gruver and his partner, Patrolman Randall Wellington, was captured and jailed.

A small structure is being built on the banks of the Mahoning River at Lowelville that will monitor pollution of the river.

1938: Youngstown City Council appropriates $8,000 as the city’s share of a $3.6 million slum clearance project in the Brier Hill area.

Youngstown police arrest a Youngstown man who passed a counterfeit $10 bill to a gasoline station operator at 215 Oak Hil.He jotted down the driver’s license number, which led to breaking up an elaborate Cleveland counterfeit money distribution ring.

Youngstown units of the League of Women Voters, the Council of Jewish Women and the Council of Catholic Women send telegrams to Ohio senators opposing a proposed “equal rights” amendment for women, saying it is unnecessary because state legislatures are removing undesirable discriminations against women.

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