Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2013. There are 315 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1473: Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, Poland.

1803: Congress votes to accept Ohio’s borders and constitution.

1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr, accused of treason, is arrested in the Mississippi Territory, in present-day Alabama. (Burr is acquitted at trial.)

1846: The Texas state government is formally installed in Austin, with J. Pinckney Henderson taking the oath of office as governor.

1878: Thomas Edison receives a U.S. patent for “an improvement in phonograph or speaking machines.”

1881: Kansas prohibits the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which clears the way for the U.S. military to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.

Japanese warplanes raid the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people are killed.


1988: Mahoning and Trumbull county commissioners say they support creation of a port authority to operate the Youngstown Municipal Airport, but decline to pledge financial support to such an authority.

David B. Williams, 41, acquitted of charges stemming from management of parking lots at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, is declared a federal fugitive in Oklahoma after he failed to appear for sentencing on six counts of bank fraud for which he was convicted.

Mahoning County Recorder William S. Repasky does not file for re-election leaving the only candidate on the ballot for recorder his deputy, Bruce “Buzzy” Papalia.

1973: Dr. Taylor Alderman of 2529 Elm St., assistant professor of English at Youngstown State University, is appointed chairman of the English Department, succeeding Dr. Clyde T. Hankey.

Tim Joyce hits 14 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead Ursuline to a come-from-behind victory over Boardman, 68-64, giving the Irish their first Steel Valley Conference basketball championship.

President Nixon’s 10 percent devaluation of the dollar could play a vital role in Youngstown district steel mills regaining their share of the $150 million in orders lost to foreign steel makers.

1963: Albert J. Shipka, assistant director of District 26, United Steelworkers of America, is re-elected president of the Greater Youngstown AFL-CIO Council during a meeting at Phillip Murray Hall.

Mayor Harry N. Savasten orders Youngstown police to crack down on magazines that appear to be obscene under the state’s literature laws.

1938: Nick Floros, 45, father of two children, is shot and killed in his beer garden on S. Mercer Street in Greenville, Pa., by Edward Williams, a 61-year-old barber, in the climax to an argument over an accusation that Williams was making improper advances to Mrs. Floros.

Lewis Boots, 37, of Tonti Court, Youngstown, is charged with manufacturing bootleg liquor after police ignore a claim by Boots’ blind wife that a 125-gallon still found in the basement was hers.

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