Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2014. There are 356 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1788: Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1793: Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flies between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.

1861: Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements and supplies to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreats because of artillery fire.

1913: Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, is born in Yorba Linda, Calif.

1914: The County of Los Angeles opens the country’s first public defender’s office, headed by Walton J. Wood.

1914: The fraternity Phi Beta Sigma is founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

1931: Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper break an endurance record for female aviators as they return to Mines Field in Los Angeles after flying a Curtiss Robin monoplane continuously for 122 hours and 50 minutes.

1945: During World War II, American forces begin landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.

1951: The United Nations headquarters in New York officially opens.


1989: Buoyed by the optimism of local consumers, Mahoning County’s general fund received a sizable boost in 1988, with sales tax receipts increasing from $6.3 million in 1987 to $7.1 million in 1988.

Trumbull County Commissioner Christopher S. Lardis will again serve as chairman of the Trumbull County Board of Commissioners for 1989, this time with no opposition from Commissioner Anthony A. Latell Jr.

Dr. David R. Cornell, who became president of the Western Reserve Care System in July, says the WRCS will be aggressively marketing its strengths, such as the Cancer Care Center, cardiac services and Optifast at the Beeghly Medical Park.

1974: The General Electric Co. will lay off indefinitely 155 to 180 employees and shutdown some of its Mahoning Valley plants for a week, affecting another 2,000 workers.

Herbert H. Daugherty is elected president of the Warren Board of Education and Barbara A. Miller is elected vice president.

Frank Leseganich, director of District 26, United Steelworkers of America, tells the Ohio EPA that the possible cost of a quarter of a billion dollars to improve water quality in the Mahoning River “is a staggering obstacle to job opportunities in the future.”

1964: Boardman Township trustees pave the way for a proposed million-dollar expansion program by Hutch Manufacturing Co., an aluminum extrusion firm.

Mrs. John W. Ford, 75, well-known Catholic churchwoman, civic leader and wife of the prominent local jurist, dies of cancer at her home.

Howard Bishop of Youngstown, chairman of Ohio’s “Little Hoover Commission,” tells 130 people at the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce early bird breakfast that the administration of Gov. James A. Rhodes is “receptive to the views of businessmen.”

1939: Three people are burned, two seriously, in an explosion at the Jack Barton dry cleaning plant, 946 Shehy St. Barton, 43, and Jesse Jackson, 21, are in serious condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The National Federation Interscholastic Football Rules Committee, which sets the gridiron code governing high school competition in 25 states, votes to permit a player to re- enter a game during any or every quarter. Under the 1938 rule, players were permitted to re-enter in the fourth quarter only.

Bids submitted for construction of the South Side swimming pool are about $21,500 above the City-WPA allotment for the project, says City Engineer Albert R. Haenny.

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