Years Ago

Today is Friday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2013. There are 354 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1908: President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims the Grand Canyon National Monument (it becomes a national park in 1919).

1913: The first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, goes on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

1935: Aviator Amelia Earhart begins an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that makes her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

1963: The Beatles’ single “Please Please Me” (B side “Ask Me Why”) is released in Britain by Parlophone.

1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issues the first government report that says smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.


1988:U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Warren Bentz of Erie signs an order calling for the appointment of a trustee to take over the Sharon Steel Corp.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms say they discovered a formidable arsenal that was assembled by fugitive Ray Allen Minnick, 47, at a Cadwallader-Sonk Road home in Fowler Township that he had been using as a hideout. Minnick eluded capture by a Swat team of 50 heavily armed law officers.

1973: Youngstown police and Ohio Bell Telephone Co. officials are checking all underground cable rooms in the city after five sticks of dynamite were retrieved from a cable room under Belmont Avenue.

A half-percent increase in Youngstown’s income tax proposed by the citizens committee on capital improvements, runs into vigorous opposition from three Republican city councilmen.

Gov. John J. Gilligan’s budget contains $1 million for an Ohio National Guard Armory and vehicle maintenance shop at the Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1963: Fourteen Youngstown area Rotary, Optimist and Kiwanis clubs pledge their joint support in an effort to restore a good name to Youngstown in the wake of its rash of gangland bombings.

Brothers James and Amil Dinsio are captured by Pittsburgh police while burglarizing the Power Tool & Supply Co. Police had been staking out the store, but did not say why.

1938: Direct relief applications filed since Jan. 1 are smashing all records at the Mahoning County Relief Administration offices. County Relief Director I.L. Feuer says 800 applications were filed in the last week.

A 21-year-old Liberty Road man is sentenced to 90 days in jail by Judge William B. Spagnola after admitting to starting six fires in the restrooms of two downtown theaters. Fire Chief Herman Steinfuth said news of the fires was not made public because of the fear of a panic in the event of a fire before the firebug was caught.

Roscoe Pound, dean of the Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936, heads the list of three lecturers who will appear at the Youngstown Law Institute at the Youngstown College auditorium.

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