Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2014. There are 336 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1820: Britain’s King George III dies at Windsor Castle.

1843: The 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, is born in Niles, Ohio.

1845: Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” is first published in the New York Evening Mirror.

1861: Kansas becomes the 34th state of the Union.

1919: The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which launched Prohibition, is certified by Acting Secretary of State Frank L. Polk.

1929: The Seeing Eye, a New Jersey-based school that trains guide dogs to assist the blind, is incorporated by Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Morris Frank.

1936: The first inductees of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, are named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

1958: Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward get married in Las Vegas.

1963: The first charter members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are named in Canton, Ohio (they were enshrined when the Hall opened in September 1963).

Poet Robert Frost dies in Boston at age 88.

1964: Stanley Kubrick’s nuclear war satire “Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” starring Peter Sellers (in three roles) and George C. Scott, premieres in New York, Toronto and London.

1964: The Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria.

1979: President Jimmy Carter welcomes Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic ties.


1989: Featured speakers at the 42nd Mercer County Hall of Fame Athletic Association Banquet at the Sheraton Inn, Shenango, are Dave Dravecky, San Francisco Giants pitcher, and Boog Powell, former slugger with the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.

The Mahoning Valley Cobras football team concludes the 1988 season champions of the North Eastern Ohio Football Association and second-runner-up in the state with a 9-3 season record.

A battle over pay increases for Youngstown Park Department workers brings a call from City Council President Michael Crogan for city administrators to emulate the private sector in using personnel evaluations to determine raises for employees.

1974: Gene Peterson, 25, of Girard, manager of the Simco Shoe Store at 36 W. Federal St., Youngstown, is in satisfactory condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital after being shot by a disgruntled former employee.

Nine boys from 14 to 16 years old are expelled from school and face juvenile court hearings in the assault on and sexual misconduct toward a 23-year-old East High teacher in December.

Amid reports of scattered gunfire, state troopers three striking independent truck drivers at Route 7 and the Ohio Turnpike. One is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

1964: The building housing the Globe Printing Co., publisher of The New Wilmington Globe, 118 E. Neshannock Ave., is destroyed by fire. Damage is estimated at $75,000.

Trumbull County commissioners order Sheriff Robert Barnett to close the crumbling 92-year-old Trumbull County Jail. Barnett says he’ll have to decide what to do with his 15 prisoners.

Ralph Coudriet, 11, dies in a fire at 10231/2 Ford Ave., on Youngstown’s North Side, which apparently started when the boy tried to find his dog in a second floor crawl space. Firemen found both the boy and dog dead in the crawl space.

1939: Trumbull County Prosecutor Paul J. Reagan and Assistant Prosecutor William M. McLain report a record year for volume of work, with 175 criminal cases and 250 civil cases pursued.

Joseph Yochman, an end on the six-man football squad at North Jackson High School, is named to the All-American Six-Man Team by The American Boy national weekly magazine. North Jackson is a pioneer in six-man football in the Mahoning Valley.

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