Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2013. There are 359 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1759: George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis are married in New Kent County, Va.

1838: Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail give the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

1919: The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, dies in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlines a goal of “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.

1950: Britain recognizes the Communist government of China.

1963: “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” premieres on NBC-TV.

1963: “Oliver!,” Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” opens on Broadway.

1993: Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, 75, dies in Englewood, N.J.


1988: Atty. Robert Milich is named supervisor of the Youngstown Municipal Airport, although his duties will be limited compared to those of his predecessor, Fred DeLuca.

Youngstown registers the highest jobless rate for November among Ohio cities with a population above 50,000, with 9.5 percent of the population out of work.

The Trumbull County Board of Elections threatens to file suit against the Trumbull County commissioners for what it says is underfunding of election operations. The board sued successfully for additional funding in 1984.

1973: Members of Teamsters Local 377 representing 300 city workers in the street, health and airport divisions reject Youngstown’s wage package calling for a 5.5 percent increase in each of the next two years.

A gunman pretending to be seeking spiritual aid surprises the pastor of the Church of Good Hope at 1315 Jacobs Road by pulling a pistol and robbing the Rev. Robert Lockett of $19, jewelry and his topcoat.

Tony Janiro, the Youngs-town boxer who has been a New Yorker for many years, is the latest nominee to the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame.

1963: Youngstown Postmaster Chester Bailey reports a last minute rush as residents take their mail to the post office to avoid the increase in first class postage from 4 cents to 5 cents and air mail from 7 cents to 8 cents.

Sled riding casualties in Youngstown mount as two more children, Cindy Alley and Sherri Withers, are admitted to the hospital with injuries. Three others were admitted over two preceding days.

Linus Vanover, 23, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital of a gunshot wound of the head suffered while playing Russian roulette at his Lansdowne Boulevard home. A friend said Vanover had been toying with a pistol for much of the day.

1938: Mahoning County Coroner Dr. David H. Hauser appeals to J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, to provide federal aid in the hunt for a 23-year-old farmhand being sought in the triple murder of a North Lima farmer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baumeister, and the farmer’s elderly father.

The complete story of Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which is the talk of the country, is told in The Vindicator’s Rotogravure section.

Charges made by George Tablack, a Democrat elected to Struthers City Council, that two new Republican members, Paul Van Auker and W.A. Strain, are ineligible for municipal office because they are employed by the school district brings the first meeting of the new year to an abrupt end.

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