Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2014. There are 350 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1559: England’s Queen Elizabeth I is crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1777: The people of New Connecticut declare their independence. (The republic later becomes the state of Vermont.)

1862: The U.S. Senate confirms President Abraham Lincoln’s choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be the new Secretary of War, replacing Simon Cameron.

1919: In Boston, a tank containing an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses bursts, sending the dark syrup coursing through the city’s North End, killing 21 people.

1929: Civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta.

1943: Work is completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).

1947: The mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the “Black Dahlia,” are found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved.

1967: The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeat the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, known retroactively as Super Bowl I.

1973: President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.

1974: The situation comedy “Happy Days” premieres on ABC-TV.

1989: NATO, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopt a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria.

1993: In Paris, a historic disarmament ceremony ends with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.

1994: Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson dies in Agoura Hills, Calif., at age 52.

2004: The NASA Spirit rover rolls onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier.

2009: US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditches his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disables both engines; all 155 people aboard survive.


1989: Three victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing are laid to rest in New Castle, Pa., after a funeral mass at St. Mary Church. Ann M. Gorgacz, 76; and her daughters, Loretta, 47, and Linda, 41, were passengers on the ill-fated flight that was downed by a terrorist bomb over Scotland Dec. 21.

Stefanie McConnell breaks the scoring record for the Weathersfield Lady Rams, scoring 37 points in an Inter-County League game against rival Springfield Local.

The Canfield Fair Board of Directors puts on hold planned capital improvement projects after the 1988 fair lost the most in gate receipts since 15 years earlier when heavy rains threatened to washout the fair. Receipts were $429,142, compared to $507,517 in 1987 and $552,929 in 1986.

1974: The U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies concede that Mahoning River antipollution standards are “too stringent” and agree to negotiate with steel industries compromises on the river cleanup.

Federal and state engineers give unofficial approval to Mahoning County Engineer Michael Fitas’ site plans for a new $8 million Market Street Bridge that will be advertised for construction bids in May 1975.

Carol Johnson, 26, a barmaid at the Red Carpet Lounge on Albert Street, is in fair condition at South Side Hospital after being shot at point blank range by an abusive patron who warned her that he would shoot her if she did not serve him a drink.

1964: Gary Peters of Mercer, Pa., a 26-year-old lefthander who was American League Rookie of the Year in 1963, signs a $20,000 contract with the Chicago White Sox for the 1964 season.

A four-day weekend for most Youngstown district schools ends as school children return to their classrooms through deep snow and near-zero temperatures.

Harry F. Webster, 75, of Fairway Drive, president of Denman Rubber Manufacturing Co. and community leader, dies in Trumbull Memorial Hospital where he was admitted after suffering a heart attack at home.

1939: County Engineer Robert Schomer reports that all county roads are open after the county’s six snow plows worked all day to clear the season’s heaviest snow, which reached 8 inches in some places.

U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown wins a coveted place on the House rivers and harbors committee.

“Winter Flood,” an oil painting by Paul Travis of Cleveland, is the winner of the $100 first prize in the New Year Show at the Butler Institute of American Art.

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