Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2014. There are 363 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1492: Muhammad XII, the sultan of Granada, the last Arab stronghold in Spain, surrenders to Spanish forces.
1788: Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1893: The U.S. Postal Service issues its first commemorative stamp to honor the World’s Columbian Expedition and the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ voyage.
1900: Secretary of State John Hay announces the “Open Door Policy” to facilitate trade with China.
1921: The play that coined the term “robot,” “R.U.R.” (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek, is first performed in Czechoslovakia.
1935: Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.)
1989: Dave Dravecky, San Francisco Giants pitcher, and his family buy a home in the Mill Creek Park area of Boardman Township where he is rehabilitating from surgery on his left arm and awaiting a decision from doctors in the Cleveland Clinic on his spring-training status.
Ohio Senate Minority Leader Harry Meshel says he is not interested in challenging Mayor Patrick Ungaro, although “a number of people” have asked him to enter the race.
1974: Fire kills a Niles woman, her daughter and two grandchildren at 722 Pew St. on Niles’ South Side. Dead are Juanita Miller, 50; Sharon Kay Miller, 18; Jacqueline Ann Miller, 2, and Brenda Jacqueline Miller, 11.
Patricia Ann Evans, daughter of Michael and Kathryn Evans of Girard, is born at 12:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day at St. Elizabeth Hospital, becoming the first of 12 babies born on the first day of 1974 in Youngstown.
Gasoline shortages are credited with keeping the national traffic toll down over the New Year’s weekend, when 409 people died on the nation’s highways.
1964: The Youngstown district is digging out from a 6-inch snowfall that brought New Year’s Day activities to a standstill.
For the eighth consecutive year, Youngstown and Mahoning County go through New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day without a traffic fatality.
The federal Education Policies Commission recommends two years of free college education fully subsidized by the public and available to any high school graduate.
1939: One man is killed and 10 people injured, including a Youngstown patrolman, in the first 24 hours of 1939. Joseph Watson, 76, of Water Street, Poland is killed when hit by a car while walking to his son’s home to wish him a happy new year. Patrolman Sidney Johnson, 40, suffered a compound fracture of the leg when struck by a car while directing traffic at the scene of an accident at W. Federal and Lafayette streets.
The “blue masked” bandit strikes again, robbing a dairy at 1408 Market St. of an undetermined amount of money after holding two girl clerks at bay with a revolver.