Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2014. There are 314 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1792: President George Washington signs an act creating the U.S. Post Office.

1809: The Supreme Court rules that no state legislature could annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts.

1862: William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, dies at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.

1907: President Theodore Roosevelt signs an immigration act, which excludes “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons” from being admitted to the United States.

1933: Congress proposes the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition.

1938: Anthony Eden resigns as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.


1989: Warren Police Chief Richard Galgozy wants to confiscate and bulldoze a house at 1945 Wick SE, which was the scene of a police raid during which several hundred thousands of dollars of crack cocaine were confiscated.

John B. Starkey, a Boardman High School freshman, becomes an Eagle Scout at Westminster Presbyterian Church. His Eagle project was a survey of 300 area residents to determine their usage of Boardman Township Park.

1974: State Sen. Harry Meshel, D-Youngstown, introduces a bill to establish a Ohio Resource Recovery Commission, saying it would help make use of “our only increasing natural resource ... the garbage pile.”

Frank C. Allen, chief of the Bureau of Natural Gas of the Federal Power Commission, tells some 40 people at the Youngstown District Purchasing Management Association there is at present no long-term solution to energy shortages and urges steel mills to practice conservation.

Chris Paparodis is appointed Canfield city manager during a stormy session of City Council attended by 75 residents, many of whom protest recent council actions.

1964: Final approval of a 10-year, $7.8 million urban renewal plan for Youngstown’s business district is received from the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency.

Youngstown City Council gives first reading to an ordinance requiring outlying areas to annex to the city when their flow of sewage into the city’s sewage system exceeds contractual limits.

1939: Youngstown will spend $91,000 for three fire trucks, 20 new police cruisers, six motorcycles and a 50,000-watt radio transmitter.

Fur coats and neck pieces valued at nearly $1,000 are stolen by burglars who broke into the S.G. Bauman fur shop at 20 S. Hazel St.

Three North Side boys, David and Nevin Berglund and Hugh Forman, find an old suitcase filled with dynamite and blasting caps, on Colonial Drive north of Gypsy Lane. The boys notified the Trumbull County sheriff’s office, which removed the explosives to Warren.

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