Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2013. There are 356 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1793: Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flies between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.

1913: Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, is born in Yorba Linda, Calif.

1945: During World War II, American forces begin landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.

1968: The Surveyor 7 space probe makes a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.

1987: The White House releases a January 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.


1988:Audubon volunteers from Pennsylvania and Ohio are at a Beaver County center cleaning birds that have been caught in an oil spill that is working its way down the Ohio River.

Nick Cochran of Girard scores a school record of 44 points in a 71-53 victory over Struthers.

1973: Rey Dempsey, an assistant at Bowling Green, is the new coach at Youngstown State University, chosen from 40 candidates to replace the late Dwight “Dike” Beede.

A group of Youngstown area retail grocers offers a reward totaling $4,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two city grocers in the last two months.

With an increase in the incidence of upper respirator infections, St. Elizabeth, North and South Side and Woodside Receiving hospitals cancel all visiting except immediate family of critically ill patients.

1963: Dr. Sidney Franklin, a practicing physician and attorney who lives on Lowell Avenue, is appointed by the Youngstown Board of Health to succeed Dr. Leonard A. Blum as the city’s health commissioner.

Parents of students at Washington, Warren Richey and Science Hill schools complain to the Youngstown Board of Education about busing cutbacks instituted at the end of the Christmas vacation as an austerity measure.

1938: The Youngstown Branch, American Association of University Women, presents a plan for raising $50,000 for the Youngstown College library to the college board of governors.

While the average increase in traffic deaths in 128 major cities throughout the country was only 7 percent in 1937 above that of 1936, Youngstown fatalities took a jump of 47 percent.

Dr. William Hiram Foulkes, moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, tells a crowd of 300 Mahoning Valley Presbyterians at Westminster Presbyterian Church that “there are two pagan religions — Communism and Fascists. They hate each other, but they have a common hatred — Christianity.”

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