Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2013. There are 311 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1863: British explorers John H. Speke and James A. Grant announce they have found the source of the Nile River to be Lake Victoria.

1861: President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington to take office, following word of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore.

1903: President Theodore Roosevelt signs an agreement with Cuba to lease the area around Guantanamo Bay to the United States.

1945: During World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima capture Mount Suribachi.

1954: The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.

1965: Film comedian Stan Laurel, 74, dies in Santa Monica, Calif.

1992: The XVI Winter Olympic Games end in Albertville, France.


1988: Mayor Patrick Ungaro wants Youngstown State University to conduct a census of sorts of the homeless people in the city, the first step in setting up an assistance program for the homeless.

Two-year-old Teralynn Landis undergoes her second liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Three men and a woman have been charged with firebombing the Winfield Street home of Youngstown Patrolman Robert Barnes and his wife, Sally, who is a patrolwoman at Youngstown State University.

1973: Two Rayen students, 15 and 17 years old, are arrested on charges of delinquency for $1,500 damage in vandalism to Rayen School.

Parents of more than 30,000 pupils in schools in the six-county Diocese of Youngstown paid $5.6 million in tuition in the 1971-72 school year, an increase of $2.3 million over a year earlier, says Msgr. Benedict C. Franzetta, diocesan treasurer.

City Park Supt. Ed Finamore warns parents to keep children away from the Mahoning River channel in Lake Milton, revealing that a 15-year-old boy fell through the ice and was rescued by passersby. Finamore said the water is 15-feet deep at spots.

1963: Thieves attempting to carry away a safe from the City Loan and Savings Co. at 350-8 Market St. flee empty handed after tripping a burglary alarm.

A group of five South Side boys complete President Kennedy’s 50-mile fitness test, hiking to two miles past Lisbon and back to the city, in about 18 hours. They are Richard Kittle, 17; Francis and Ken Crawford, 19 and 20; John Ciapola, 16, and Roger Privarnik, 18.

1938: Mahoning County will exhaust its relief funds by September unless the Legislature appropriates still more millions for relief, says Isadore L. Feuer, Mahoning County relief director.

Col. Lynn Black, head of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, tells a father-son banquet at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Youngstown that legislation is forthcoming that will set a mandatory 30-day jail sentence in all cases of driving while intoxicated.

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