Today in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2013. There are 318 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1862: The Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ends as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrender; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earns him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”

1868: The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized in New York City.

1923: The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen’s recently unearthed tomb is unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.

1945: American troops land on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.

1959: Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba a month and a half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.

1968: The nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system is inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala.

1987: John Demjanjuk goes on trial in Jerusalem, accused of being “Ivan the Terrible,” a guard at the Treblinka Nazi concentration camp. (Demjanjuk is convicted, but the conviction ends up being overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.)


1988: A black-powder bomb the size of a baseball is removed from under the hood of a car owned by Bernard Laux, N. Crawford Avenue, New Castle, Pa., after Laux opened the hood of his car to work on a broken water pump. The bomb was turned over to the Youngstown Bomb Squad for detonation.

A Poland Township group, DUMP (Don’t Use My Property) sets up informational pickets for two days to express opposition to the BFI landfill at the Carbon Limestone site.

1973: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bradley E. Smith of Lake Milton becomes the first Vietnam POW to arrive in Florida when he checks into the Navy reception area at Jacksonville.

James V. Pilolli, 44, owner of a coin and gun shop at 6207 Market St., Boardman, is arrested at Cleveland Hopkins Airport by federal marshals who said he had a loaded revolver in luggage he was carrying aboard a plane headed for Los Angeles. Pilolli told marshals he was a deputized Boardman constable and authorized to carry the gun.

International Paper Co. will build a new kitchen cabinet plant costing more than $3 million on Crum Road.

1963: Arctic air numbs the Youngstown district with the mercury plummeting to 16 below zero at East Palestine, 17 below at New Wilmington, Pa., and 15 below at Boardman.

Dr. J. Harry Wanamaker, superintendent of Youngstown schools, says Youngstown Transit Co. bus drivers will be instructed to warn children getting off the bus to stay on the sidewalk until traffic is clear because transit buses are not covered by Ohio law regulating how motorists must treat yellow school buses.

1938: Two bandits kidnap Michael Yatsko, manager of a chain grocery store at 3726 Loveland Road intending to force him to open the store safe, but are foiled when Yatsko explains that he has only one key to the safe while another employee has the second key needed to open the safe. He’s released after giving them his billfold containing about 50 cents in change.

The Ohio Supreme Court rejects a petition submitted by Locke Miller of Youngstown seeking the ouster of Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans on the grounds he is a foreign-born alien.

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