Years Ago

Today is Friday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2014. There are 355 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1514: The New Testament portion of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible, featuring parallel texts in Greek and Latin, is completed in Madrid.

1776: Thomas Paine anonymously publishes his influential pamphlet, Common Sense, which argues for American independence from British rule.

1863: The London Underground has its beginnings as the Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opens to the public with service between Paddington and Farringdon streets.

1870: John D. Rocke- feller incorporates Standard Oil.

1901: The Spindletop oil field in Beaumont, Texas, produces the Lucas Gusher, heralding the start of the Texas oil boom.

1914: Utah grocer John G. Morrison, 47, and his son Arling, 17, are shot to death in their Salt Lake City store; police arrest labor activist Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. (Despite evidence suggesting another man was responsible, Hill was convicted and executed, becoming a martyr to America’s organized labor movement.)

1920: The League of Nations is established as the Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.


1989: State Rep. Joseph J. Vukovich III of Poland says he will sponsor legislation that would do away with the accumulation of vacation time by all public employees.

Youngstown Municipal Judge Patrick Kerrigan sets a bond of $250,000 for Warren D. “Douggie” Spivey, 19, of Youngstown, who is charged with aggravated murder in the beating death of real estate agent Veda Eileen Vesper, 53, in her Ravenwood Avenue home.

1974: Dr. John Allan Altdoerffer, 75, former chief of obstetrics for Youngstown Hospital Association, who delivered more than 7,000 babies during his 35-year career, dies after suffering a heart attack while feeding birds in the backyard of his Negley home.

Six cities are vying to be headquarters for the Ohio Lottery Commission: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, Dayton and East Palestine.

Youngstown City Council passes a 1974 appropriation ordinance totaling $45.5 million, including $15.8 million in the general fund. The bill also modified pay increases for Municipal Court bailiffs.

1964: Trumbull County Sheriff Robert W. Barnett says the alertness of his 11-year-old son, Carl, thwarted a jailbreak attempt by accused killer David H. Zirwas. Barnett said the boy heard digging, noticed one prisoner who appeared to be acting as a lookout and notified Turnkey Paul Kreig.

Youngstown police report an alarming increase in after school rowdyism, including the attack of a 14-year-old East High pupil by a group of older students.

1939: WPA employment in Mahoning County has dropped near 1,000 from its November peak of 10,183, says Fred L. Roose, district director.

Thad C. Rose, Canfield banker, confers with new Gov. John W. Bricker about taking the job of Ohio’s superintendent of building and loan associations.

Fire destroys the Venice Gardens, causing a loss estimated at $7,000 and threatening the North Lima post office and the A&P store.

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