Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2013. There are 313 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1513: Pope Julius II, who had commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, dies nearly four months after the project was completed.

1613: Mikhail Romanov, 16, is unanimously chosen by Russia’s national assembly to be czar, beginning a dynasty that would last three centuries.

1862: Nathaniel Gordon becomes the first and only American slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. Piracy Law of 1820 as he is hanged in New York.

1885: The Washington Monument is dedicated.

1916: The World War I Battle of Verdun begins in France as German forces attack.

1945: During the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea is sunk by kamikazes; 318 men die.

1947: Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrates his Polaroid Land camera, which can produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.

1965: Black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, is shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.

1972: President Richard M. Nixon begins his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrive in Beijing.

1973: Israeli fighter planes shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai Desert, killing all but five of the 113 people on board.


1988: Marie F. Poling, wife of Richard E. Poling, is arrested on a charge of murder in the death of her husband, whose decapitated body was found along Interstate 79 near Washington, Pa. His head is still missing.

Authorities are trying to decide what to do with 50 electronic poker machines, each valued at more than $3,000, that have been confiscated in raids in Youngstown, Austintown and Campbell over three years.

James A. Traficant Jr. says he will not run in Pennsylvania’s Democratic presidential primary

1973: Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies have not yet identified the passenger of a United Airlines plane who abandoned a newborn baby girl in the toilet of a Boeing 737 at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

The Liberty Board of Education directs Supt. Marvin Wilds to confer with architects on whether to renovate the present high school or build a new one.

Dr. Norman T. Johnson, a Youngstown native and professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, will speak at the McGuffey Center’s annual dinner.

1963: Mayor Harry Savasten has recommended contracting with the International Association of Police Chiefs for a $19,750 survey of operations of the Youngstown department.

Elias Karkafi, 55, proprietor of the Cleveland Bar, 267 E. Federal St., fights off three would-be robbers, wounding one, who was arrested when he sought hospital treatment.

Youngstown officials are studying an offer from Forest Beckett of Youngstown Airways to pay for moving an Air Force hangar to the civilian side of the airport in exchange for a 25-year lease.

1938: The congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Youngstown’s oldest, jams the church for the inaugural sermon of Dr. Howard D. Talbott, the church’s first new pastor in 38 years.

Former Attorney General John W. Bricker is endorsed for governor by the Mahoning County Republican central committee, says Chairman William P. Barnum.

Rosella Towne, born Townsend in Youngstown 19 years ago, is signed by Warner Brothers as the leading lady in her first picture, “Student Nurse.”

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