Years Ago

Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


On this date in:

1861: Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners whose states had seceded from the Union resign from the U.S. Senate.

1954: The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Conn. (However, the Nautilus does not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)

1968: The Battle of Khe Sanh begins during the Vietnam War.

1977: President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.


1988: Michael J. McCullion, registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, says as many as 800,000 used cars are sold annually in the state with odometers that have been rolled back, and he is launching a crackdown.

Commercial Shearing Inc. asks shareholders to approve renaming the company Commercial Intertech Corp.

1973: Three Youngstown area families are buoyed by President Nixon’s reference to an approaching end “to America’s longest and most difficult war” and are awaiting word on the future release of Vietnam prisoners of war: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Shumaker of New Wilmington, Pa.; Lt. Cmdr. Bradley E. Smith of Lake Milton, and Lt. Cmdr. William J. Breckner of Sebring.

1963: A young Warren couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Savakis, en route to a Florida honeymoon, are robbed of $50 in cash and tied up with Mark Leatherman, the night clerk, after they walk in on a robbery at the Holiday Inn on Route 7 in North Lima. The gunman escapes with a total of $348.

John J. Angelo wins the hotly contested battle with Robert Higham for secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Union Local 377. Ballots are being counted for the seven-member board of trustees.

1938: Twenty-four WPA traffic checkers are conducting traffic surveys in downtown Youngstown, approaching thousands of motorists at red lights to determine whether they’re headed for a downtown location or passing through.

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