Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2014. There are 322 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1809: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

1818: Chile officially proclaims its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.


1989: Faithful followers continue to flock to Mass celebrated by the Rev. Richard Madden at the former Carmelite monastery on Volney Road despite a Vatican ruling that prohibits Madden from celebrating Mass or preaching.

The Youngstown-built Avanti was the grand prize on five shows taped for “Wheel of Fortune,” during which two of the cars were won by the contestants.

1974: Flames roar into Youngstown’s night sky as fire destroys a landmark, Reed’s Arena at 25 Oak Hill Ave. Damage is estimated at $40,000 to the cement block building that was constructed in the 1920s.

The solidarity of independent truckers to continue the 12-day strike in Ohio is shattered as thousands of privately owned tractor-trailer rigs return to the highway.

1964: The Youngstown Zoning Board of Appeals rejects a request by Commercial Shearing & Stamping Co. for a reduction in the Logan Avenue setback from 47 feet to 27 feet to allow construction of an office addition.

An appearance by Edwin P. Neilan, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, attracts more than 800 business, industrial and professional people to the Ukrainian Orthodox Center. He called for less reliance on Washington and a renewed do-it-yourself attitude.

1939: A glimpse into a 19th century home is provided at the Public Library with furniture, pictures and clothing that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hitchcock and Henry and Hannah Wick, all on loan from the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. The centerpiece is Anna Wick’s piecrust table that was brought from England on the Mayflower.

A six-week concentrated drive on the numbers lottery racket in Warren has netted 48 arrests and brings the collection of $2,000 in fines and costs.

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