Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2013. There are 348 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1893: The 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, dies in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.

1917: The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

1929: The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor makes his debut in the “Thimble Theatre” comic strip.

1961: President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his farewell address in which he warns against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

1963: Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, appearing as amicus curiae (friend of the court) before the U.S. Supreme Court, tells the justices in Gray v. Sanders that Georgia’s county unit voting system in Democratic primaries discriminates against urban voters. (The court later strikes down the county unit system, citing the concept of “one person, one vote.”)

1989: Five children are shot to death at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., by a drifter, Patrick Purdy, who then kills himself.


1988: Public school enrollment in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties continues to decline, prompting efforts to economize in many districts.

Beginning his 17th year as a state senator, Minority Leader Harry Meshel of Youngstown is looking toward 1988 as a year when Democrats may reclaim control of the Ohio Senate.

1973: The Youngstown Catholic Diocese Board of Education votes to close Sts. Peter and Paul School at the end of the school year, but will keep the ninth grade at St. Edward Junior High School in response to a plea from members of the parish.

The Youngstown Letter Shop Inc. purchases the parking garage at W. Boardman and Phelps streets from the Standard Slag Co. for $250,000.

1963: One of the two black Australian swans at Crandall Park is found dead, apparently the victim of the cold wave, says Park Superintendent Ed Finamore.

President Kennedy asks Congress to appropriate $16 million to the Army Corps of Engineers for water projects in the greater Youngstown area, including $3.7 million for construction of the West Branch Reservoir and $10.8 million for the Shenango River Reservoir.

The waiting list for admissions to Youngstown’s four hospitals dips slightly, from 530 to 512, as hospitals continue to limit admissions to the most urgent cases because every bed is filled.

1938: Youngstown firemen treat burns on Mrs. Henry Hoffman, 49, and her sons, Edward, 21, and Joe, 18, suffered while trying to extinguish a backfire from the furnace at their home at 363 Early Road.

Councilman Anthony T. Kryzan seeks to halt payment to two police cadets, Clarence Burke and Joseph Bartholomy, saying both were older than 35, the civil service age limit, when appointed to the force by Mayor Lionel Evans.

Twenty-two motorists are arrested over the weekend for speeding, crashing stop signs or driving with only one headlight during a weekend crackdown by Youngstown police.

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