Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2013. There are 345 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1265: England’s first representative Parliament, which includes officials from districts, cities and boroughs, meets for the first time.

1887: The U.S. Senate approves an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.

1942: Nazi officials hold the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrive at their “final solution” that calls for exterminating Jews.

1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower takes the oath of office as president of the United States; Richard M. Nixon is sworn in as vice president.

1961: John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States.

1981: Iran releases 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency passes from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

1986: The United States observes the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

1993: Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.

2001: George Walker Bush becomes America’s 43rd president after one of the most turbulent elections in U.S. history.

2009: Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th, as well as first African-American, president.


1988: David Helscel, a sophomore at Poland Seminary High School, is named master councilor of the Order of the DeMolay.

The Trumbull County Board of Education approves the merger of Farmington Local School District with the Bristol Local School District.

Trumbull County Children Services Board is creating a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program as the agency finds itself investigating more cases of sexual abuse than physical abuse of children.

1973: State Rep. Thomas P. Gilmartin of Youngstown is injured when his car hits a slow-moving milk tanker in Interstate 76 near Akron.

Evangelist Jimmy O’Quinn of Greenville, S.C., who began preaching at the age of 16, will lead a one-week crusade at First Baptist Church in Struthers.

Frederick Hodgetts, 53, of New Castle, Pa., who relocated to Miami Beach, quits his job as a cab driver after spending 12 hours of his first night on the job in the trunk of his cab after being robbed by two men.

Lenny Mancini Jr., a 16-year-old junior at Woodrow Wilson High School and son of Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini, is seeking the 118-pound novice title in the Golden Gloves competition at Struthers Field House.

1963: The Youngstown Democratic Executive Committee endorses Municipal Court Clerk Richard J. Barrett for nomination for mayor over council President Anthony B. Flask.

Dr. Paul Leimbaugh of Greenford and Dr. Earl R. Brant of Youngstown are honored with 50-year pins by the Mahoning County Medical Society.

Mayor Harry N. Savasten asks Milan Marsh, president of the Youngstown Building Trades Council, to name the subcontractor who allegedly offered union agents a bribe on the city’s sewage treatment plant project.

The Boardman High School speech team wins the second annual Boardman Rotary Individual Events Speech Tournament. Cardinal Mooney is second and Niles, third.

1938: Sen. J. Ralph Seidner of Mahoning County, who continues to pursue possible corruption in the Davey administration, reveals that the state of Ohio is paying $1.60 a ton for coal delivered in Cleveland from the same mines serving the city of Cleveland at 87 cents a ton.

W.A. Strain, Fifth St. School principal, and Paul Van Auker, junior high school teacher, both Republicans, are ousted by Struthers City Council in one of the stormiest sessions of its history after Councilman George Tablack challenged their ability to hold council posts and school teaching jobs at the same time.

A bundle of clothing believed to have been worn by Norman Smith, farm hand suspected in the slaying of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Baumeister and Baumeister’s father in North Lima, is found on the Tam O’Shanter golf course at West Middlesex. Police also report a car similar to that missing from the Baumeister farm has been seen in Howland Township, Trumbull County.

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