Years Ago

Today is Monday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2013. There are 358 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: The first U.S. presidential election is held. Americans vote for electors who, a month later, choose George Washington as president.

1894: An early motion picture experiment takes place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, N.J., as Fred Ott is filmed taking a pinch of snuff and sneezing.

1942: The Japanese siege of Bataan begins during World War II. (The fall of Bataan three months later is followed by the notorious Death March.)

1949: George C. Marshall resigns as U.S. Secretary of State; President Harry S. Truman chooses Dean Acheson to succeed him.


1988: Poland Township trustees reject an offer by Browning-Ferris Industries to pay the township $10,000 per month as a “host-fee.” It was suggested that the money could be used to build water lines in the township.

The Beaver Township Zoning Board of Appeals rejects a request by Jeffrey and Paula Shank to hold a two-day Ohio Heritage Festival, similar to the Shaker Woods Festival held in Columbiana County, on their New Buffalo Road farm.

1973: Dave Mannings, 62, of Star Street, is Youngstown’s first traffic fatality of the new year after being struck by a car at Albert Street and State Street.

1963: Thomas J. Carney is elected chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, succeeding John Palermo.

Atty. Clyde W. Osborne is appointed Mahoning County prosecutor by the county’s common pleas judges to succeed Thomas A. Beil, who resigned because of ill health.

1938: Mahoning County’s “boys in blue” meet for what could well be the last installation of officers of the Tod Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. The officers, ranging in age from 90 to 96, are Ferdinand Carson, James Park and Emery Shonce.

Marriner S. Eccles, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, tells a Senate committee investigating unemployment that increased government spending or lower prices and wages would tend to improve business.

Republic Steel Corp. announces that its Youngstown coke oven plant will be refurbished at a cost of $1.2 million.

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