Years Ago

Today is Monday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2013. There are 309 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1836: Inventor Samuel Colt patents his revolver.

1901: United States Steel Corp. is incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

1913: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, is declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

Character actor Jim Backus, who played Thurston Howell III on “Gilligan’s Island” and voiced the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, is born in Cleveland.

1963: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Edwards v. South Carolina, upholds 8-1 the right of civil rights demonstrators to peacefully protest outside the South Carolina State House.

1991: During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans are killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hits a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


1988: The badly burned body of a man is found in the trunk of a burning car in a field off Bell-Wick Road in Hubbard Township.

Owners of the Boardroom, a restaurant that closed at 35 S. Phelps St. downtown, say thieves have emptied the place, taking 26 tables, 66 chairs, six booths, a dishwasher, range and deep-frier.

1973: General Motors will add a “super Vega“ powered by a secret all-aluminum high-output engine, with the 1974 model year of the Lordstown-produced subcompact.

1963: Volunteers raise $30,795 on Heart Sunday in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

A good Samaritan, John Dyke, 28, of Rogers is killed instantly when struck by a car in Route 7 south of Rogers while carrying a can of gasoline to a car that was out of fuel.

1938: A fist fight between Sen. J. Ralph Seidner of Youngstown, chairman of the Ohio Senate’s graft-hunting committee, and Warwick Rowland, a Columbus attorney, throws the hearing into an uproar. Rowland is cited for contempt.

A lone bandit escapes with about $100 from the Girard Furniture Co. at State and Liberty streets.

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