Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2014. There are 347 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1778: English navigator Capt. James Cook reaches the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands.”

1862: The 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, dies in Richmond, Va., at age 71, shortly before he could take his seat as an elected member of the Confederate Congress.

1871: William I of Prussia is proclaimed German emperor in Versailles, France.

1911: The first landing of an aircraft on a ship takes place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brings his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.

1919: The Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending the (First) World War, opens in Versailles, France.

1949: Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular mass swindles in history, dies destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.

1957: A trio of B-52s completes the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.

1967: Albert DeSalvo, who claims to be the “Boston Strangler,” is convicted in Cambridge, Mass., of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo is killed in prison in 1973.)


1989: Warren schools Treasurer Jack Pierson says city voters would have to approve a staggering 17.5-mill levy in May if Warren City Schools hope to climb out of debt within five years.

An auto industry consultant expects General Motors Corp. to consolidate J-car production at its Lordstown plant in coming years, a move that could bolster job security at the plant and possibly add jobs.

Struthers Councilman Robert D. Carcelli, who has led the effort to redevelop the abandoned mill sites along the Mahoning River, says a proposed freeway spur from Interstate 680 to the sites would attract new development to the area.

1974: Donald Glass, former Youngs-town Municipal Airport manager and Youngstown patrolman, is one of two men killed in the crash of a helicopter near Reading, Pa., during “an observation patrol of the approach of the Reading Airport.”

Two armed bandits rob the Caf 422 on Youngstown Road SE in Warren and hold about 20 patrons and employees at bay before escaping with an undetermined amount of cash.

Some 100 dentists and their wives celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society at the close of a day-long event at the Sheraton Inn in Youngstown.

1964: Niles Police Chief John Ross says nine burglaries over a period of two years have been solved with the arrest of a 22-year-old Vienna Avenue man.

Many independent grocers, as well as chains, enter a milk-price war that is giving Youngstown district consumers a bargain of three half-gallons for $1.

Frank Dublino, who purchased the once plush nightclub the A-Lounge for $8,000 in an IRS auction, will receive a refund because he was unable to secure a liquor license that would allow him to operate the padlocked club.

Amil Dinsio, 27, of Greenford is convicted of forced entry of a supermarket in Columbus, and a Pittsburgh woman who testified she was with Dinsio at the time of the burglary is charged with perjury.

1939: Dr. Jonathan Forman, editor of the Ohio State Medical Journal, tells the annual banquet of the Mahoning County Medical Society that organized medicine is preparing constructive programs to meet the problem of extending medical care as “the profession’s answer to the proponents of a federalized, bureaucratic system of medical practice.”

Dr. G.C. Nixon, 81, dean of practicing dentists in Youngstown and one of three members of the Elks Club recently honored for 50 years of membership, is found dead in his room at the Hotel Ohio, apparently the victim of a heart attack.

The Bricker administration, striving to find enough money to finance state operations, takes steps to cut the share of the local government fund allotted to cities and counties.

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