Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2013. There are 363 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1893: The U.S. Postal Service issues its first commemorative stamp to honor the World’s Columbian Expedition and the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ voyage.
1942: The Philippine capital of Manila is captured by Japanese forces during World War II.
1974: President Richard M. Nixon signs legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles an hour. (Federal speed limits are abolished in 1995).
2006: Twelve miners die in a methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia, W.Va., but one miner, Randal McCloy Jr., is eventually rescued.
1988: Patrick Joseph Thomas is Youngstown’s first baby of the New Year, born in St. Elizabeth Hospital. Youngstown’s last babies of 1987 were triplets born to Daphne Taylor at North Side Hospital.
Three natural gas wells being drilled on property adjacent to Fitch High School are expected to save the Austintown Local School District a considerable sum on heating costs.
1973: Robin Lynn Tomalka is the first infant born in Mahoning County in New Year, arriving at St. Elizabeth Hospital 48 minutes after midnight.
George Emery, 48, is killed when a large block of steel falls 30 feet from a crane and strikes him at Valley Mould & Iron Co. in Hubbard.
Youngstown Superintendent of Schools Robert Pegues issues a directive on discipline that bans hats, hair curlers, profanity, smoking, card-playing or love-making in city schools.
1963: Nicholas Rajkovich is Youngstown’s New Year’s baby, born 26 minutes into the new year at North Side Hospital. North Side Hospital welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whitfield later in the day.
A $250,000 fire destroys the office and damages the shop of Aerolite Extrusion Co., 4605 Lake Park Road.
1938: Two G-Men have been assigned by the FBI to track a gang of robbers who hit the Citizens Savings Bank in Columbiana, escaping with as much as $10,000 after herding six employees and customers into a back room.
Eleven New Year’s babies are born in Youngstown Hospitals, including a pair of twin girls born to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Walko.