Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2014. There are 353 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1519: Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I dies.

1773: The first public museum in America is organized in Charleston, S.C.

1912: Textile workers at the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Mass., most of them immigrant women, walk off the job to protest wage cuts.

1915: The House of Representatives rejects, 204-174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

1932: Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate after initially being appointed to serve out the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus.

1948: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, rules that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.

1959: Berry Gordy Jr. founds Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit.

1971: The groundbreaking situation comedy “All in the Family” premieres on CBS television.

1986: The shuttle Columbia blasts off with a crew that includes the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.

2010: Haiti is struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 residents and leaving more than 1.5 million people homeless.


1989: As new measles cases continue to break out in Northeast Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health urges those who haven’t gotten vaccinated against the disease to do so.

Michelle Petro, Mahoning County coordinator for U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum and accomplished singer and actress with the Youngstown Playhouse and Kenley Players, dies at her Poland home at the age of 42.

City Council votes to rename West Federal Street from Fifth Avenue to the Girard city limits Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in time for the holiday honoring the civil rights leader.

1974: Two gunmen rob Steve Vivo, president of U.S. Trading Inc., scrap iron and metal dealer, at 1315 Poland Ave., after threatening to “blow off” his head. They escape with $1,500 in the mid-morning robbery.

Bruce Knodel of Newton Falls, an engineer for Taylor-Winfield Corp., gives his 72nd pint of blood to the Red Cross blood program.

Tom Phillipi scores 27 points to lead Bloomfield to a lopsided victory, 68-6, over Grand River before 80 fans in Orwell.

1964: Three Youngstown district cadets have completed the Ohio Highway Patrol’s 14-week training course and received their commissions: James C. Evans of Youngstown, Thomas P. Charles of Hubbard and Kenneth M. Garloch of Salem.

Mrs. Jack G. Baum Jr., a member of the Youngstown Bridge Club who has won tournaments in Columbus and Miami, is notified by the American Contract Bridge League that she has attained the rank of National Life Master.

David Culliver leads the Youngstown State University Penguins with 27 points in a 127-53 romp over Lakeland College of Wisconsin at South Field House.

1939: Three members of the Youngstown Elks Club are honored for 50 years of membership: Edwin D. Haseltine, John Ramsey and Chester J. Little.

Working with a $64,000 grant, Youngstown schools are developing a visual education department on the theory that a child better remembers what he sees than what he is told. It is the first such program in the state.

The Ohio Leather Co. of Girard reports profits of $12,806 for the first 10 months of 1938.

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