Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2014. There are 361 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1821: The first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, dies in Emmitsburg, Md.

1896: Utah is admitted as the 45th state.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, calls for legislation to provide assistance for the jobless, elderly, impoverished children and the handicapped.

1943: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin appears on the cover of Time as the magazine’s 1942 “Man of the Year.”

1944: Ralph Bunche becomes the first African-American officer at the State Department as he is appointed to a post in the Near East and African Section.

1951: During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recapture the city of Seoul.

1960: Author and philosopher Albert Camus dies in an automobile accident in Villeblevin, France, at age 46.

1964: Pope Paul VI begins a visit to the Holy Land, the first papal pilgrimage of its kind.

1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his State of the Union address in which he outlines the goals of his “Great Society.”

1974: President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.


1989: Sponsors of Warren’s New Year’s Eve arts and performance festival, Opening Night, which was attended by 3,000 people, are discussing whether it should be an annual event.

Outgoing members of ex-Mahoning County Prosecutor Gary Van Brocklin file for a total of $156,000 they say is due them for unused vacation and sick time.

A former Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department deputy, Steve Kalogeras, 38, who joined the Monroe County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department a year ago, is gravely wounded by a burglar at a Key Largo mobile home park.

1974: Dr. David W. Ritchie is elected president of the Austintown Board of Education at its reorganization meeting.

A city policeman and neighbors rescue George C. Altenberg, 71, and his wife, Mary, 69, from their apartment adjacent to Rafidi’s Market, 1200 Hillman St., which was destroyed by a $22,000 arson fire.

In an atmosphere suggestive of a summit conference, Youngstown district steel industry chiefs and state and federal environmental agency heads will meet to hammer out a compromise on the Mahoning River cleanup.

1964: FBI pressure on Mahoning County gamblers focuses on the Naples brothers, with raids on the Centre Sandwich Shop and the homes of Joey and Sandy Naples.

A 30-year-old former Farrell, Pa., athlete known to police as “The Creeper” is charged in Youngstown Municipal Court in connection with as many as 98 house burglaries in Youngstown over a three-year period.

Mayor Anthony B. Flask said most of the 25 civil service appointments made by outgoing Mayor Harry Savasten will be withdrawn to offset expected deficiencies in the 1964 budget.

1939: The Rev. Phil F. Fiess, 49, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1926, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was taken for an appendec-tomy when he became ill after preaching his Christmas Day sermon.

Construction begins on a $350,000 storm sewer project on Youngstown’s West Side that will employ 400 WPA workers for several months.

A new world’s record for cold-rolling mills is believed to have been set by Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s Campbell mill when 707 tons of material go through the cold reduction rolls in an eight-hour shift.

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