Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2014. There are 312 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1732: The first president of the United States, George Washington, is born in the Virginia Colony.

1862: Jefferson Davis, already the provisional president of the Confederacy, is inaugurated for a six-year term after his election in Nov. 1861.

1924: President Calvin Coolidge delivers the first radio broadcast from the White House as he addresses the country over 42 stations.

1934: Frank Capra’s romantic comedy “It Happened One Night,” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opens at Radio City Music Hall.

1959: The inaugural Daytona 500 race is run; although Johnny Beauchamp is initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.

1974: Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan).

1980: The “Miracle on Ice” takes place in Lake Placid, N.Y., as the United States Olympic hockey team upsets the Soviets, 4-3. (The U.S. team goes on to win the gold medal.)

1984: David Vetter, a 12-year-old Texas boy who’ has spent most of his life in a plastic bubble because he has no immunity to disease, dies 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.

2004: Consumer advocate Ralph Nader announces he is running again for president, this time as an independent.


1989: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. proposes a giant enterprise zone along the steel corridor stretching from Market Street in Youngstown to Lowellville.

Dan Galbincea, owner of Erie Dearie Lure Inc. in Cortland, files a lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court claiming that Thunder Bay Lure Co. has begun selling a lure that mimics the lure he has marketed since 1954.

A proposed law regulating gas and oil well drilling in Youngstown is being watered down as it passes through the bureaucratic pipeline on its way to City Council.

1974: Mahoning County Prosecutor Vincent Gilmartin says if a proposed Ohio bill on parole reform is passed, “they might as well put a revolving door on Mansfield Reformatory so the prisoners can come out as fast as they go in.”

The Knights of Pythias Friendship Lodge 65 will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Lodge Hall, 11 W. Wilson Ave., Girard.

William Calabrette Jr., 22, of Struthers, son of the owner of the Nebo Inn, is in serious condition in South Side Hospital after being found in the trunk of his car with a bullet wound of the chest.

1964: The first 96 members of Youngstown Sheet & Tube’s research team report for work at the company’s new $5 million center in Boardman.

John Roberts, 79, of 616 Sherwood Ave., dies of a fractured skull after he fell from a stepladder while removing icicles from spouting at his home.

The Youngstown Zoning Board of Appeals grants a 2-foot setback variance along Logan Avenue to Commercial Shearing and Stamping Co., which had sought a 20-foot variance for a planned office addition.

1939: J.C. Argetsinger, chairman of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce canal committee, says a favorable report by the Army engineers on a Lake Erie-to-Ohio River canal calls for the Mahoning Valley to unify to fight opposition that is certain to come from rail and other interests.

Youngstown Municipal Judge Peter B. Mulholland gives suspended sentences to downtown bookies Charles “Dud” Hartman and Dick McCarthy citing “good cause” without being more specific.

Truscon Steel Co. is awarded the contract to furnish 5,800 steel double-hung windows for the Westlake federal housing project, which will be built by the Youngstown Builders Syndicate.

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