Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2014. There are 360 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1589: Catherine de Medici of France dies at age 69.

1781: A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va.

1895: French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, is publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)

1914: Auto industrialist Henry Ford announces he is going to pay workers $5 for an 8-hour day, as opposed to $2.34 for a 9-hour day. (Employees still worked six days a week; the 5-day work week was instituted in 1926.)

1925: Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming becomes America’s first female governor.

1933: The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, dies in Northampton, Mass., at age 60. Construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Work was completed four years later.)

1949: In his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labels his administration the Fair Deal.

1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposes assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression in what becomes known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

1964: During his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Paul VI meets with Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople in Jerusalem.

1970: Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, is found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. (UMWA President Tony Boyle and seven others were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, the killings.)

“All My Children” premieres on ABC-TV.

1983: President Ronald Reagan announces he isnominating Elizabeth Dole to succeed Drew Lewis as secretary of transportation; Dole becomes the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan’s administration, and the first to head the DOT.


1989: Niles Fire Chief Charles Semple and Capt. Thomas Leonard accuse the city’s law makers and administration of failing to meet a moral obligation to adequately staff their department.

General Motors Chairman Roger B. Smith says he expects the company to post record profits for 1988, with GM entering 1989 with the fewest unsold cars in about five years.

In an austerity move, Health Maintenance Plan, which has medical centers in Boardman and Cortland, is canceling coverage for 128 employees in the city of Youngstown.

1974: The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce Special Taxation Committee releases a report commending the Jack C. Hunter administration for its efforts in balancing the 1974 budget. The report criticized disproportionate increases since 1970 for some salaries in the law and street departments.

Temperatures in the teens and 20s produced ice on Mill Creek Park lakes, but Charles Wedekind, park superintendent, warns that it is far short of the thickness needed for safe ice skating.

Youngstown State University receives a grant of $45,000 to pay for a statewide study of police-community relations projects.

1964: Ivan R. Wolf, a 1925 graduate of Rayen School and Notre Dame, is a vice president of the A&P Tea Co. and from his office on Albert Street he oversees 700 A&P supermarkets from Cleveland to Buffalo and Pittsburgh to Columbus.

The kindergarten program that was discontinued in the fall by the Struthers Board of Education will be reinstated in January.

Ohio Finance Director Richard L. Krabach is considering the lease and possible purchase of a second-hand 14-passenger DC-3 to fly Gov. James A. Rhodes and his cabinet around the state. The plane has a purchase price of $80,000.

1939: The Rev. E.D. Howard, 58, well-known Warren missionary, is shot and killed by a jealous suitor of a neighbor woman with whom the missionary was visiting.

Failure of the State Liquor Control Board to refund fees to license holders is permitting seven beer and liquor dispensaries in Boardman to continue operating although the district was voted “dry” in November.

Atty. Alvy T. Witt and Atty. Charles F. Ohl are appointed members of Attorney General-elect Thomas J. Herbert’s staff.

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