Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1952: King George VI of Britain dies at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he is succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who becomes Queen Elizabeth II.

1778: The United States wins official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

1899: A peace treaty between the United States and Spain is ratified by the U.S. Senate.

1911: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, is born in Tampico, Ill.

1922: Cardinal Archille Ratti is elected pope; he takes the name Pius XI.

1933: The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “lame duck” amendment, is proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.


1989: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is poised for a major reorganization and consolidation of services to increase productivity and better serve users.

Salvation Army Major Jean Manhollan wants to see the shelter for the homeless in Alliance closed because, she says, there are no homeless in Alliance and the shelter, which is not operated by Salvation Army, encourages people to squander their money on drugs and alcohol.

The Regional Growth Alliance, development arm of the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce, appoints Thomas Mosure Sr., president of Mosure & Syrakis Co. Ltd., chairman of the executive board for 1989.

1974: Pennsylvania State Police link an attempt to blow up the Ohio Turnpike Bridge across the Beaver River to the ongoing strike by independent truckers. The blast was heard as far as eight miles away, but did no structural damage.

Gene Peterson, 25, of Girard dies a week after being shot at the Simco Shoe Store that he managed on W. Federal Street by a disgruntled former employee.

The State Controlling Board releases $80,000 to Youngstown State University to acquire the American Legion Post 15 home at 34 Spring St.

1964: A fare increase from 30 cents to 35 cents by the Youngstown Transit Co. comes under fire on Youngstown City Council floor.

The Mahoning County Community College is expected to work out a contract with Youngstown University and could be operating in September 1965, says YU College President Dr. Howard W. Jones.

Lazar Harshman, 95, is honored at Temple Emanu-El for his years of service as a shomrim — watcher of the dead — and for his faithful service to the Youngstown Jewish community.

1939: Seven Youngstown residents, one a woman, pass the Ohio State bar exam. They are: City Councilman William F. Brown, Carl Abramovitz, John L. Donahue, Francis X. Kryzan, Ina W. Shields, Robert E. Walker, William F. Yonkee Jr.

The annual Hubbard High School minstrel show begins rehearsals under director Irvin Gubser.

Taxi driver Perry Magnolia tells police that a fare he picked up at the Varnier Hotel told him to drive to South and Philadelphia, then pulled a gun, robbed him of $5 and forced him out of the cab near New Middletown and drove off.

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