Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2013. There are 353 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1773: The first public museum in America is organized in Charleston, S.C.

1912: Textile workers at the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Mass., (most of them immigrant women) walk off the job to protest wage cuts.

1915: The House of Representatives rejects, 204-174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

1932: Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate after initially being appointed to serve out the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus.

1948: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, rules that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.

1959: Berry Gordy, Jr. founds Motown Records in Detroit.

1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson says in his State of the Union address that the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.

1969: The New York Jets of the American Football League upset the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League 16-7 in Super Bowl III, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

1971: The groundbreaking situation comedy “All in the Family” premieres on CBS television.

2010: Haiti is struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 residents and leaving over 1.5 million people homeless.


1988: A delegation of Youngstowners joins about 1,200 people at the City Club of Cleveland to hear President Ronald Reagan speak at a fund-raiser for Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich, who is running for the U.S. Senate. “The president still has the ability at 76 to get an audience excited,” says Clarence R. Smith Jr., a major fund raiser for the Mahoning County Republican Party.

A citizens committee chaired by banker Donald McGowan recommends that a countywide property tax to fund Mill Creek Park be put on the ballot.

U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr. is circulating petitions to appear on the Pennsylvania Democratic primary ballot for president.

John Hudak is named director of social services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown.

1973: Steel operations in the Youngstown district are at 78 percent of capacity with 11 blast furnaces, 25 open hearths, eight BOF shops and eight electric furnaces in operation.

Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter tells an estimated 60 employees on the city payroll that they will lose their jobs unless they prove they are living in the city by Jan. 20.

1963: Youngstown hospitals are trying to make room for new patients, with more than 325 reported on waiting lists and every available bed in use.

The third of five escapees from the Trumbull County jail is recaptured. The men escaped by digging a hole in the concrete floor and squeezing their way to freedom.

1938: Dr. Edmund D. Soper resigns as president of Ohio Wesleyan University saying that he was hired in 1928 with no expectation that the job would require him to be involved in fund raising but that economic conditions have changed. He says the college would be better served by someone more suited to leading a fund drive.

The mangled body of a boy who was struck by a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train has been identified as Michael Melia, 17, who was fleeing across the tracks with two other boys after stealing cigarettes from Milan Steflanoff‘s confectionery at 912 Salt Springs Road. His two accomplices have been arrested.

Atty. K.H. Powell pleads for leniency for Salvatore Marr, a numbers runner, saying that six Youngstown detectives are out to “crucify” anyone associated with the South Side numbers bank.

Republic Steel Corp. receives an order for 7,000 to 8,000 tons of electric-welded pipe for a 225-mile pipeline being built in Colombia by the Texas Co.

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