Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2013. There are 339 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1784: In a letter to his daughter Sally, Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey.

1837: Michigan becomes the 26th state.

1939: During the Spanish Civil War, rebel forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco capture Barcelona.

1942: The first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1950: India officially proclaims itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad takes the oath of office as president.

1962: The United States launches Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon — but the probe ends up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles.

Charles “Lucky” Luciano, a leading Mafia figure in the U.S., dies in Naples, Italy, at age 64.

1973: Actor Edward G. Robinson dies in Los Angeles at age 79.

1979: Former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller dies in New York at age 70.

1988: Australians celebrate the 200th anniversary of their country as a grand parade of tall ships re-enacts the voyage of the first European settlers.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Phantom of the Opera” opens at Broadway’s Majestic Theater.

1998: President Bill Clinton forcefully denies having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”


1988: Austintown Township trustees grudgingly drop their two-year battle to stop construction of a sixth truck stop at the Rt. 46, 1-80 intersection.

Local union officials are questioning U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.’s commitment to labor in light of disclosure that a top Traficant aide, Atty. Henry DiBlasio, represents a family they claim is trying to break the union at three supermarkets.

Ohio state lawmakers balk at federal regulations requiring mandatory automobile emissions inspections.

Mooney’s head football coach Don Bucci is honored at the Youngstown Curbstone Coaches luncheon in recognition of the Mooney team getting the top spot in the Associated Press Division III football ratings in the fall.

1973: Trumbull County commissioners give the Ohio Department of Transportation the go-ahead to open 18 miles of state Route 11 in Trumbull County provided that the state adheres to a schedule for construction of grade separations and interchanges at 13 intersections.

The United Auto Workers Union loses a bid to organize more than 200 white collar workers at the General Motors Lordstown complex by a vote of 87 for the union and 124 against.

St. Elizabeth Hospital is operating at over 100 percent of capacity and asks ambulances to deliver patients to other hospitals except for genuine emergencies or those scheduled for admission.

1963: McAllister Dairy Farms Inc. of Warren, a chain that did $6 million worth of business annually with 100 stores seven years ago, files for bankruptcy and announces it will close its last eight stores.

Damage is estimated at $10,000 at the Carriage House Gift Shop, 15 Poland Center Road.

Ohio Bell Telephone Co. announces that it will spend $5.4 million in the Youngstown district in 1963 to expand facilities and improve service.

Leslie Merrel, one of five escapees from the Trumbull County Jail, is arrested without incident by Niles police, after being on the lam for two weeks. One of the five escapees remains at large.

1938: Actor Stepin Fetchit, whose real life name is Lincoln Perry, is late for an appearance at the Gray Wolf Tavern after his car left the Warren-Sharon highway two miles east of Highland Corners in a blinding snowstorm.

Clarence J. Strouss, president of Strouss Hirshberg Co. in Youngstown, represents his company and the National Retail Dry Goods Association during testimony before the House Ways and Means committee in Washington seeking a revision in tax laws to allow firms to keep reasonable cash reserves in anticipation of bad business years.

Youngstown Councilman William A. Carney promises to aid residents of the Crandall Park area in a mass protest against a proposal to build a 200-family apartment settlement on the North Side, bounded by Madera, Guadalupe, Bradley Lane and Belmont Avenue.

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