Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2013. There are 346 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1807: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is born in Westmoreland County, Va.

1853: Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premieres in Rome.

1861: Georgia becomes the fifth state to secede from the Union.

1937: Millionaire Howard Hughes sets a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

1942: During World War II, Japan invades Burma (Myanmar).

1953: CBS-TV airs the widely watched episode of “I Love Lucy” in which Lucy Ricardo, played by Lucille Ball, gives birth to Little Ricky. (By coincidence, Ball gave birth the same day to her son, Desi Arnaz Jr.)

1955: A presidential news conference is filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1960: The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America is signed by both countries in Washington, D.C.

1966: Indira Gandhi is elected prime minister of India.

1970: President Richard M. Nixon nominates G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination is defeated because of controversy over Carswell’s past racial views.

1977: In one of his last acts of office, President Gerald R. Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino, an American convicted of treason for making wartime broadcasts for Japan.

1981: The United States and Iran sign an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

1992: German government and Jewish officials dedicate a Holocaust memorial at the villa on the outskirts of Berlin where the notorious Wannsee Conference had taken place.


1988: Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Mitchell F. Shaker asks county commissioners to consider a 0.3 mill bond issue to finance the improvement and maintenance of all county buildings.

Ralph Infante Jr., a Democratic precinct committeeman, is appointed to fill an at-large seat on Niles City Council left vacant by newly appointed Municipal Court Clerk Barry Profato.

Dr. Morris S. Rosenblum, 82, who opened his practice in the Home Savings Building in 1946, when about 80 percent of the building’s tenants were in the medical profession, is the last doctor still maintaining an office there. Most of the offices have been taken over by the savings and loan.

1973: John Tucciarone Sr., 47, of Hubbard dies in Cincinnati General Hospital of burns suffered Dec. 20 in an explosion during construction of the Boardman Expressway.

Gov. John J. Gilligan announces a new statewide program for recycling 1972 telephone books in Dayton, Kent, Cleveland and Youngstown.

The Youngstown Board of Education is exploring the possibility of seeking a $17 million, 20-year bond issue that would finance construction, including two new junior high schools, in the city.

1963: State liquor agents and city intelligence and security squad officers raid the Golden Nugget Night Club at 2326 Hillman St. and arrest the barmaid for serving alcoholic beverages to minors.

Juvenile Court Judge Harold S. Rickert Sr. suggests that the abandoned county home on Herbert Road be converted into a residential treatment center for delinquent children.

Five Struthers men who had pinball machines confiscated from their business places by Sheriff Ray Davis are fined $10 and costs by County Judge Fred Gough.

Paul M. Thompson, general superintendent of United Engineering & Foundry Co., tells the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club at Raver’s restaurant that the company’s future is in Youngstown and it plans a multimillion-dollar expansion program.

1938: Pliny H. Powers, superintendent of Youngstown city schools, will start a survey to determine what opportunities for employment are available to young people in the city now and in the future.

Mahoning County lists 14,157 people as unemployed, of which 10,784 are in Youngstown. The unemployment rate is 6 percent with another 5.4 percent partially employed but seeking more work.

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