Today is Thursday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2013. There are 341 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1813: The Royal Philharmonic Society is formed in London.
1908: The Boy Scouts movement begins in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.
1942: The Roberts Commission places much of the blame for lack of preparedness for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.
2003: Tom Ridge is sworn in as first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
1988: Mayor Patrick Ungaro says the city will pay debt service on the Youngstown Municipal Airport’s $2 million in bonds for two to four years until a port authority can assume full operation of the Youngstown Municipal Airport.
Musicians from Dallas and Philadelphia join local choirs and organists in an appreciation concert in honor of Eddie Howard, a Warren native, at St. James Church of God in Christ on Main Avenue S.W. in Warren.
1973: Robert E. Williams, a former president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., is elected president of the General Fireproofing Co., succeeding John A. Saunders.
Mark McCandless, a junior at Ursuline High School, is elected lieutenant governor of Division 21 of the Ohio District of Key Clubs International.
Famous local boxing names are on the card as Lenny Mancini, son of “Boom Boom” Mancini, and Terry Russo, grandson of the late Freddie Russo, win their opening bouts in the 45th annual Golden Glove Tournament before 2,800 fight fans at the Struthers Field House.
1963: The most severe cold wave in 100 years hits the Youngstown area, with the mercury dipping to -15 downtown and -21 in Canfield.
Paul J. Raymer of Youngstown is elected commander of the Department of Ohio Catholic War Veterans.
Youngstown Police Chief William R. Golden says that a radio campaign by the Mahoning Valley Industrial Council aimed at arousing citizen action to stop gangland bombings is doing more to “scare the wits out of people” and is degrading to the area’s reputation.
1938: Student flyer T. Edgar Bachner, 21, miraculously escapes with only a broken leg and cuts and bruises when his homemade airplane crashes at the S.A.M. Airport.
Fifty firemen and volunteers work for 5 hours breaking up the ice and dragging Wolf Creek before finding the body of Richard Uraey, 5, who plunged through an air pocket in the ice and was pulled away by the swift current near Grove City.