Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2013. There are 352 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1794: President George Washington approves a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes is later reduced to the original 13.)
1962: Comedian Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.
1966: Robert C. Weaver, the first black cabinet member, is named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1982: An Air Florida 737 crashes into a Washington, D.C., Bridge and falls into the Potomac River after taking off during a snowstorm; 78 people die, four passengers and a flight attendant survive.
1990: L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation’s first elected black governor as he takes the oath of office in Richmond.
1988: Palestinian sympathizers in the audience disrupt an address by David Ben-Dov, Israeli consul general in Philadelphia, during an appearance at Ohev Tzedek Temple in Boardman. Some shouting and shoving is reported, but no arrests are made.
Austintown trustees add four patrolman to the Austintown Police Department, bringing the force to 34 men.
Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1973: After deliberating for nine hours a jury finds a special duty policeman, Butler Johnson Jr., innocent of second-degree murder and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in a shooting at Reed’s Arena on Christmas 1971 that left George Lightfoot, a Youngstown sailor home on leave, dead and four others wounded.
Tony Napolet, who piled up a 26-2-2 record in three years at Warren John F. Kennedy High School, is hired to guide the Niles McKinley Red Dragon football team. He is picked from 16 candidates to succeed Bob Shaw, who went to the University of Cincinnati
Fire heavily damages the landmark Taggart Home in East Palestine. It was built by Capt. Robert C. Taggart, a pioneer, more than a century ago and had been converted into an apartment house.
1963: Trumbull County commissioners Joseph Baldine and Robert Hagan are looking to parlay surplus funds and a proposed bond issue into $1 million, which would be used to match a federal grant for construction of a new $2 million county jail-office building.
National Columnist Victor Riesel says Youngs-town will be one of eight cities in which U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy will be investigating how mobs muscle in on legitimate labor unions and businesses.
1938: Two Youngstown men, Cyril Bowmas, 20, and Carl Tarantina, 21, are killed and Daniel Petite, 25, of Struthers injured when their car strikes a tree in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights.
Youngstown Fire Chief Herman Steinfurth accuses the civil service commission of acting illegally by allowing any member of the department for three years to take a test for any promotion within the department. Previously applicants for promotion had to serve three years in a particular rank before testing for the next highest rank.