Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2014. There are 337 days left in the year.


On this date in:

A.D. 814: Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne dies in Aachen in present-day Germany.

1547: England’s King Henry VIII dies; he is succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.

1813: The novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen is first published anonymously in London.

1853: Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti is born in Havana.

1909: The United States withdraws its forces from Cuba as Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president.

1939: Irish poet-dramatist William Butler Yeats dies in Menton, France.

1945: During World War II, Allied supplies begin reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

1958: Elvis Presley makes his first national TV appearance on “Stage Show,” a CBS program hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

1973: A cease-fire officially goes into effect in the Vietnam War.

1980: Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran fly out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.

1982: Italian anti-terrorism forces rescue U.S. Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier, 42 days after he had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.

1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

2004: British Prime Minister Tony Blair wins a legal victory when a judge said the BBC was wrong to report the government had “sexed up” intelligence to justify war in Iraq.

Former U.S. Navy commander Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, who’d helped his USS Pueblo crew survive brutal captivity in North Korea, then faced criticism back home, dies in Poway, Calif., at age 76.

2009: In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approves, 244-188, a huge $819 billion stimulus bill with Republicans unanimous in opposition despite Obama’s pleas for bipartisan support.


1989: A 16-year-old Warren boy who is expected to testify in the aggravated murder trial of Andre Williams is placed in protective custody after he was shot at twice over a period of two months.

The Rev. Dr. Howard W. Fritz of Burlington, N.J., is named pastor of Liberty Presbyterian Church at 1451 Girard-Hubbard Road.

A car drives through a group of about 75 anti-abortion protesters who had locked arms in front of the Mahoning Women’s Center at 4025 Market St., scattering them and knocking several to the ground.

1974: A new chapter in the growing ecumenical movement is written in Youngstown when Roman Catholic Bishop James W. Malone of the Youngstown Diocese and the Rt. Rev. John Harris Burt, Episcopal Bishop of Ohio, exchange pulpits when Bishop Malone preaches at St. John’s Episcopal and Bishop Burt preaches at St. Columba Cathedral.

Atty. Gen. William B. Saxbe, former U.S. senator from Ohio, says an impeachment action against President Richard Nixon would tear the country apart, and he expects Democrats to stop short of impeachment because “they’d rather have a crippled Nixon than a healthy, sitting Gerald Ford.”

After almost 200 years, the grave of Nicholas Clemmons, a Revolutionary War soldier buried in Lake Park Cemetery, will receive a marker, thanks to the efforts of Mary Burrows, past commander of the United Veterans Council of Youngstown.

1964: Girard Mayor Philip A. Cretella is seeking federal funds to see if it is feasible to build a filtration plant that would allow the city to use the underground mines at Church Hill as a water source.

Directors of the Youngs-town Sheet & Tube Co. approve a three-for-one split of common shares and declare a dividend of $1.35.

Austintown Township trustees suspend indefinitely Constable John Stacey, who wrote a letter to the editor of The Vindicator criticizing operation of township government.

1939: Legislation to require strip coal mining contractors to refill and level off ground in abandoned mines is introduced in the Ohio Senate by James R. Griffith, Republican senator from Mahoning County.

An overflow crowd, including a virtual Who’s Who of Mahoning Valley Republicans, jam the McKinley Memorial for the 24th annual McKinley Day banquet. Republican Congressman Frank Crowther of New York, the principal speaker, calls for “re-establishment of opportunity for a generation of Americans who have come of age since the depression of 1929.”

About 1,500 couples dance at the sixth annual Roosevelt Ball at Stambaugh Auditorium, with all proceeds going to fight infantile paralysis.

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