Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2013. There are 362 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1521: Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.

1911: The U.S. Post Office opens the first postal savings banks. (The banks were abolished in 1966.)

1938: The March of Dimes campaign to fight polio is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who himself has been afflicted with the crippling disease.

1949: In a pair of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court says that states have the right to ban closed shops.

1961: President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the United States is formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.

1993: President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the START II missile-reduction treaty in Moscow. (However, the agreement ultimately falls apart.)


1988: The Youngstown Board of Education approves raises of 4 percent for the next school year and 6 percent for the one after that to 80 administrators who belong to the Youngstown Association of Administrative and Supervisory Personnel. Raises will also be given to 23 administrators, including Superintendent Emanuel N. Catsoules, who do not belong to the bargaining unit.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approves Youngstown-based Catalyst Thermal Energy Corp.’s acquisition of the Cleveland Steam System from Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co.

1973: George Vukovich, clerk of Youngstown Municipal Court, is appointed to a three-year term on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Review Commission for Uniform Traffic Rules.

Saying he intends to be harsh in the treatment of drug violators, Youngstown Municipal Judge Lloyd R. Haynes sentences a 20-year-old Youngstown man to a year in county jail for the possession of three ounces of marijuana when police stopped his car for a traffic violation.

1963: McKay Machine Co. will move its Warren-Federal Division from Warren to the new $5 million McKay plant on Henricks Road.

Youngstown Mayor Harry Savasten names Atty. Frank P. Anzellotti Jr. the city’s prosecutor, succeeding Atty. William Green, who resigned.

1938: Hold-up victims called to police headquarters pick six robbery suspects out of a line-up, including one many believed to be the “Chinchilla Overcoat Bandit” who specialized in sticking up dairy stores.

Thirty years after first being elected mayor of Canfield and serving six years in office, George Wilson returns to the job after being elected in November.

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