Years Ago

Today is Monday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2014. There are 310 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1582: Pope Gregory XIII issues an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)

1803: In its Marbury v. Madison decision, the Supreme Court establishes judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes.

1821: Mexican rebels proclaim the Plan de Iguala, their declaration of independence from Spain.

1868: The U.S. House of Representatives impeaches President Andrew Johnson after his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson is later acquitted by the Senate.

1920: The German Workers Party, which later becomes the Nazi Party, meets in Munich to adopt its platform.

1938: The first nylon bristle toothbrush, manufactured by DuPont under the name “Dr. West’s Miracle Toothbrush,” goes on sale.

1989: A state funeral is held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died the month before at age 87.

1994: Entertainer Dinah Shore dies in Beverly Hills, Calif., five days before turning 78.

2004: Democrat John Kerry defeats John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Idaho, and also wins in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich.

President George W. Bush urges approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.


1989: Staff Sgt. Karl M. Kohler, 32, of San Bernardino, Calif., formerly of Youngstown, is one of eight crewmen killed in the crash of a C-141B Starlifter that crashed near Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The four remaining members of the Hermitage Board of Commissioners cannot agree on a replacement for Edward Junk, who resigned, which will leave making an appointment to Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

Nearly two years after a Fitch High School groundskeeper died of Legionnaires’ disease, Austintown officials are trying to dispel rumors that other staff members may have been infected by the airborne bacteria.

1974: In a nod to the gasoline shortage, members of the New Middletown Hayseed Saddle Horse 4-H Club use horses and carts to canvass house-to-house for the Heart Fund.

Bert T. Olsen, general manager of the Packard Electric Division of General Motors, says none of the 3,800 employees on layoff will be recalled before work begins on products for 1975 models in the spring and that it is unlikely Packard will ever regain its high of 13,500 workers in Warren.

The medieval splendor of Camelot is the theme for the Youngstown Symphony Guild’s annual ball at the Symphony Center.

1964: Underdog Youngs-town University, led by “Red” Jones with 24 points and David Culliver with 23, surprises Niagara, 78-58, in a major college basketball upset.

The U.S. Weather Bureau office at the Youngstown Municipal Airport will sharply curtail its hours within 60 days, says Curtis R. Barton, officer in charge.

In a three-hour rescue operation, the Coast Guard takes 25 ice fishermen off a mile-wide ice floe that broke away near Camp Perry and began drifting northward. The group included four women and four children.

1939: The Army board for rivers and harbors estimates that the total benefits of a Lake Erie-to-Ohio River canal would be $20 million a year.

In an exchange of bullets with the victim’s wife, three young bandits kidnap John Telusa, proprietor of the Little Casino Caf on Brookfield Avenue just across the Ohio line in Pennsylvania. They release Telusa after commandeering his car and taking $400.

Guy T. Ohl, president of the Youngstown Board of Education, says he will retire from the board at the end of the year to allow him to run for mayor of Youngstown.

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