Years Ago

Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2014. There are 359 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1912: New Mexico becomes the 47th state.

1919: The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, dies in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlines a goal of “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.

1945: George Herbert Walker Bush marries Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

1950: Britain recognizes the Communist government of China.

1963: “Oliver!,” Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” opens on Broadway, and “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” premieres on NBC-TV.

1974: Year-round daylight saving time begins in the United States on a trial basis as a fuel-saving measure in response to the OPEC oil embargo.

1987: The U.S. Senate votes 88-4 to establish an 11-member panel to hold public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair.

1993: Authorities rescue Jennifer Stolpa and her infant son, Clayton, after Jennifer’s husband, James, succeeds in reaching help, ending the family’s eight-day ordeal after becoming lost in the snow-covered Nevada desert.

1994: In an incident that shakes the world of figure skating, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit’s Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, go to prison for their roles in the attack. (Harding, who denied knowing about plans for the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.)


1989: Mercer County commissioners work out a plan to collect nearly $300,000 in back taxes owed by the Sharon Steel Corp.

The Mahoning Valley received more than $1 billion in federal funding in fiscal 1987, with Mahoning County receiving about $2,553 per person; Trumbull, $2,008, and Columbiana, $2,184.

Two businessmen, John Platt of Community Development Planners in Leetonia, and Jerry McHugh of Damascus buy the former Royal China building in Sebring and plan to lease its space to light manufacturing, distribution and storage companies. Royal China employed 250 people when it closed in 1986, and as many as 700 in the 1970s.

1974: An Ohio Board of Education official says he sees no alternative to the consolidation of the Farmington and Bloomfield-Mespo school districts, which the local districts have been fighting for 10 years.

Howland High School wins the varsity division and Canfield the junior varsity division at the Chesterton Club Debate Tournament at Ursuline High School.

Tony Mason, coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats and a former coach of Niles and Brookfield high school teams, will speak at the Niles Frontliners Banquet honoring Niles Coach Tony Napolet’s teams.

1964: Two Warren Avenue brothers, Gary and Bobby Blockinger, 12 and 11, go door-to-door in their neighborhood collecting $10 for the family of Patrolman Frank Cichon, who was killed while investigating an accident in December.

Mayor Anthony B. Flask tells about 30 Protestant clergymen at a meeting of the Youngstown Ministerial Association that parts of the city charter are obsolete and should be revised and that he intends to reactivate a Fair Employment Practices Commission and name a human relations committee.

Mahoning County Commissioner John Palermo is elected president of the commission, but not until Republican Commissioner Edward J. Gilronan made his annual unsuccessful bid for the title.

1939: Steel production in the Youngstown district will advance five points, to 55 percent of capacity, with three Bessemer converters and 48 of 83 open hearths in operation.

A letter believed to have come from a group of gamblers threatens reprisals if Columbiana County Prosecutor Karl T. Stouffer proceeds with an announced grand jury investigation of rackets in the county.

Four Youngstown high schools are preparing to graduate 586 pupils, 16 fewer than January 1938 commencements. Scienceville, Ursuline and Wilson will have no mid-year graduating class.

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