Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2013. There are 349 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1920: Prohibition begins in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution takes effect, one year to the day after its ratification.

1978: NASA names 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who becomes America’s first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who becomes America’s first black astronaut in space.

1991: The White House announces the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

2007: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launches his successful bid for the White House.


1988: Youngstown area fans from the youngest to oldest are “going to the Dawgs” as they prepare for Boardman’s Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Browns taking on the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

Dr. Richard Billak, head of the Mahoning County Community Corrections Association, says Youngstown is still one of five locations in the running for the $39 million Northeast Ohio prison.

1973: Youngstown police are holding a 15-year-old boy for questioning in a shooting that wounded three men, including a Wells Fargo security guard who was working at the McGuffey Mall.

State Sen. Harry Meshel is Heart Sunday chairman in Mahoning County for the fifth straight year.

1963: Henry Convery, 19, of 23 Tod Lane, Youngstown, dies of injuries suffered Jan. 7 when he and two companions were involved an accident while en route to barber college in Cleveland. Charles Kuhns, 18, and Joseph D. Barta, 19, were killed when their car collided with a tractor-trailer in Route 422 in Geauga County.

Canfield Village Council approves a budget for 1963 of $192,850, about $20,000 less than 1962 expenditures.

1938: Usher John Ezzo and projectionist Peter Patti are credited with acting quickly to safely evacuate 300 children from the Wellman Theater in Girard after a $10,000 fire breaks out.

Joseph Ondovcik, 9, of Struthers is killed when his sled slides under an automobile in Broad Street at the foot of the Water Street hill.

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