Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2013. There are 342 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: Georgetown University is established.

1950: The Israeli Knesset approves a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

1964: The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, is ratified.

1968: North Korea seizes the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew is released 11 months later.)


1988: State Sen. Paul Pfeiffer says the soil will have to be tested at a site owned by General Fireproofing Co. that is being suggested as the site of a new state prison.

Mahoning County GOP Chairman William Binning sparks a controversy within the Ohio Republican Party with his proposal to conduct a presidential preference straw poll among county chairmen meeting in Youngstown.

1973: Carmen Agnone, assistant manager of the Youngstown Municipal Airport, is ordered dropped from the city payroll by Mayor Jack C. Hunter because Agnone lives outside the city.

Five cars of a Baltimore and Ohio freight train of about 110-car derail and slide over an embankment near Marshall Street and Oak Hill Avenue, damaging vehicles parked in the REA Express parking lot.

1963: J.L. Mauthe announces that he will retire as chairman of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., the first of a wave of retirements in line with the company’s new mandatory retirement age of 65.

State Sen. Charles J. Carney of Youngstown introduces two bills, one that would require safety inspections by the Ohio State Patrol of all vehicles on state roads for a charge of $1.50 and one that would require uninsured motorists to pay an additional $15 fee for their license plates.

1938: Girard Police Chief Roy L. Sanford retires after 16 years in the job. Sanford boasts that during Prohibition, Girard was “the only absolutely dry city in this section of the state.”

“Pneumonia weather,” the thick, soupy mixture of smoke, fog, soot and stale air that chokes lungs and soils fresh collars, settles even more tightly over the Youngstown district and Youngstown health commissioner Dr. W.W. Ryall says the number of colds and pneumonia cases is increasing.

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