Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2013. There are 360 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1896: An Austrian newspaper, Wiener Presse, reports the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that comes to be known as X-rays.

1925: Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming becomes America’s first female governor.

1943: Educator and scientist George Washington Carver dies in Tuskegee, Ala., at age 81.

1949: In his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labels his administration the Fair Deal.

1972: President Richard Nixon announces that he has ordered development of the space shuttle.

1993: The state of Washington executes Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America’s first legal hanging since 1965.


1988: To the surprise of practically no one, William Holt is replaced as clerk of Youngstown City Council by Sherry Warren, Holt’s deputy clerk since 1980. “There are no hard feelings,” Holt said. “Sherry will do a great job.”

Dr. David McBride, who is retiring as director of the Youngstown State University Cushwa Center for Industrial Development, says the center has counseled more than 450 budding entrepreneurs since it was established in 1979.

Mahoning Valley service station operators say they will continue to offer leaded gasoline as long as it is available, but fewer refineries are producing it because of reduced consumer demand.

1973: Two Southeast Side Warren men are shot and killed, one during an apparent robbery attempt at his home and one following an argument at a tavern. Dead are Pink Benbow, 76, who was shot at home, and Nelson Clark, 36, who was shot at the DeLuce Tavern.

Mahoning County Treasurer Joseph P. Gorman asks the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals for an additional delay in collecting first-half-1972 taxes to allow computer programming to be completed.

The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Special Taxation Committee reviews the city’s budget and recommends strict supervision of employee working hours, contracting maintenance and custodial services for City Hall and a close watch on expense accounts of employees who bill the city for use of their cars.

1963: The number of candidates for Democratic nominations for Youngstown municipal positions jumps to 44, while the Republicans so far have only two.

George Schuller Sr., a retired auto body repairman and his wife, Katherine, both 81, are terrorized, severely beaten and robbed by three young men who entered their home at 221 Court St. on the city’s East Side.

Ajax Magnethermic Corp. purchases the McKay Machine Co.’s Federal-Warren plant and will move between 100 and 150 jobs from its Ajax plant in Trenton, N.J.

1938: John Sposito, a World War veteran who has been a member of the Farrell Police Department since 1922, is elected chief of police by city council.

Mahoning County deputies are seeking a 23-year-old farmhand for questioning in the murders of North Lima farmer Henry Baumeister, who was killed by a shotgun blast, and his wife, and 70-year-old father, Theodore Baumeister, who were beaten to death.

Some mill workers are being recalled at Youngstown district plants, but salaried workers at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. who had been working at 84 percent time and pay have been reduced to 75 percent.

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