Today is Friday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2014. There are 327 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1795: The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with states’ sovereign immunity, is ratified.
1857: A court in France acquits author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel “Madame Bovary.”
1904: A fire begins in Baltimore that rages for about 30 hours and destroys more than 1,500 buildings.
1914: Keystone Film Co. releases the silent short comedy “Kid Auto Races at Venice,” Charles Chaplin’s second film, and the first in which he plays the Little Tramp.
1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorizes a flag for the office of the vice president.
1944: Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record “Swinging on a Star” for Decca Records in Los Angeles.
1989: Youngstown Mayor Patrick Ungaro and Law Director Edwin Romero vote to loan $80,000 to Ramex Transportation Inc., 123 E. Rayen Ave., over the objections of Finance Director Gary Kubic, who says the company is nearly $1 million in debt.
The Vatican’s Congregation for religious and Secular Institutions upholds the dismissal of the Rev. Richard Madden, the Carmelite priest who has been involved in a long-standing dispute with his religious order and Youngstown Bishop James W. Malone.
1974: Some 40 Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies in riot gear join 20 highway patrolmen and National Guardsmen in a show of force to reopen the Penn-Ohio Truck Stop in North Lima.
Union National Bank of Youngstown has shown remarkable growth during the past five years in all major financial categories and increased dividends for the 17th consecutive year, President Earl W. Brauninger reports.
A $1.5 million expansion of the Crane Co.’s Deming Division pump plant on Allen Road in Salem is announced by N.L. Ray, division general manager.
1964: Carbon Limestone Co. awards a $250,000 contract to the Joseph Bucheit Co. for a $225,000 general office building on Route 224 near the Ohio-Pennsylvania line.
Concetta Malito of Girard will reign as the 19th annual Mardi Gras Queen of the Newman Club at Youngstown University.
Federal officials in Chicago notify the city that the first urban renewal project in the Youngstown University area is approved for $1,082,012.
1939: The Youngstown Board of Education adopts a 1939 budget of $3.7 million, an increase of $360,791 over 1938.
Fourteen-year-old Anita Cabrere is in fairly good condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital after jumping from a second floor window to escape a fire at the family home at 602 North Ave. Her mother and a brother and a sister were able to escape down a stairway.
A proposed Atlantic-Gulf canal across northern Florida wins the support of Congressman Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown, one of 14 members of the House rivers and harbors committee.