Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2014. There are 357 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: President George Washington delivers his first State of the Union address to Congress in New York.

1815: U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans — the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

1912: The African National Congress is founded in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

1918: President Woodrow Wilson outlines his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I.

1935: Rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss.

1959: Charles de Gaulle is inaugurated as president of France’s Fifth Republic.

1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declares an “unconditional war on poverty in America.”

1973: The Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resume.


1989: St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Western Reserve Care Center and Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital have announced increases in room rates ranging from 6.5 to 9.8 percent.

The Youngstown area’s three “contrary” legislators, state Reps. Joseph J. Vukovich II of Poland, Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, and June Lucas of Weathersfield, say they expect their relationship with the Democratic leadership to be less contentious in the 1989-90 session than it was in 1987-88.

Amtrak is considering adding a passenger route from Pittsburgh to Cleveland that could include stops in Salem or Youngstown.

1974: Milk Inc., the former Dairymen’s Cooperative Sales Association, announces a 30-cent per hundredweight price increase for raw milk, which will likely mean an increase in the cost of a gallon of milk in the Youngstown area from $1.05 to $1.11 almost immediately,

The Packard Electric Division of General Motors in Warren announces that 1,500 employees will receive notices of permanent layoffs on Jan. 21. Packard employs 13,600 people.

1964: The major part of Youngstown’s $943,000 deficit is eliminated from the 1964 general fund budget when City Council eliminates longevity increases for the police and fire departments, which outgoing Mayor Harry Savasten had put in the budget.

James E. Bennett Sr., former appeals court judge and former general counsel for Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., dies in South Side Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident the day after Christmas in Mercer. He was 74.

Ohio Republican Chairman Ray C. Bliss says Gov. James A. Rhodes is the state’s favorite son and is discouraging any other candidate, including U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, from entering the state’s presidential primary.

1939: Warren police fire a fusillade at a man attempting to burglarize the Cochran service station at N. Park Avenue and Scott Street, but he escapes.

Youngstown police capture two men who shot Palace Theater manager Roger Gustafson in the legs when he chased them after an attempted hold up at the theater.

Six women are injured and seven automobiles damaged when a 10-wheel tandem coal truck goes out of control on E. State Street Hill. Sharon police charge the Cleveland driver with reckless operation.

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