Years Ago

Today is Friday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2013. There are 340 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1787: Shays’s Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.

1890: Reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completes a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.

The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.

1915: Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco..

1947: American gangster Al Capone dies in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48.

1961: President John F. Kennedy holds the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.

1971: Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda by ousting President Milton Obote in a military coup.

1981: The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrive in the United States.

1993: A gunman shoots and kills two CIA employees outside agency headquarters in Virginia (Pakistani national Mir Aimal Kansi is later tried and convicted of the shootings, and executed).


1988: Suspensions of students in Youngstown city schools increase by 65 percent, from 2,855 in the 1983-84 school year to 4,390 in 1986-86.

A contingent of about 30 Youngstown area officials expresses confidence that the city will be home to Ohio’s new prison.

Willie Stargell, the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Denver Broncos Super Bowl kicker Rich Karlis, are the latest celebrities accepting invitations to attend the 11th annual Sandalini’s Benefit Sports Banquet.

1973: Phillip Annarella, 54, of New Castle, Pa., dies in South Side Hospital of injuries received when he apparently fell from a crane while working at the No. 3 blast furnace at the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

The Youngstown Health Department is budgeted for a full year for $500,000 by city council. Only one dissenting vote was cast, by William R. Shranko, R-4th.

Arnold Pinkney, president of the Cleveland Board of Education and a former Youngstowner, will speak at the annual meeting of the Associated Neighborhood Centers at Youngstown’s Harrison School.

1963: About 50 employees on the second shift in the hose department of Republic Rubber Division of Lee Rubber & Tire Co. walk off their jobs in a dispute over back pay.

The Youngstown Board of Control meets behind closed doors and awards a contract for a new restaurant at the Youngstown Municipal Airport to D.E.& F. Inc, a firm headed by Gus E. DeMartin, a former restaurant operator at the airport.

Burton J. Moss, Farrell furniture store owner, and Dr. William Shellenberger, Sharon dentist, are named outstanding men of the year by the Shenango Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce.

1938: The U.S. Treasury announces that the familiar buffalo nickel will be succeeded by one honoring Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States.

New Castle Mayor Charles E. McGrath sentences four panhandlers to five months in the workhouse and warns others vagrants that they will face a similar fate if caught begging.

Sharon police arrest five youths in connection with three house burglaries on A Street, Baldwin Avenue and Spruce Avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. Hom doo Toy and their seven children return from the war and terror of China to the peace and quiet of their laundry and home at 16 N. Chestnut St.

Jack MacQuarrie, Niles ice skater who can still do a fancy figure eight at the age of 73, credits Sonja Henie with reviving popular interest in the sport.

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