Today is Thursday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2018. There are 333 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: The U.S. Supreme Court convenes for the first time in New York.

1893: Inventor Thomas Edison completes work on the world’s first motion picture studio, his “Black Maria,” in West Orange, N.J.

1942: During World War II, the Voice of America broadcasts its first program to Europe.

1943: During World War II, one of America’s most highly decorated military units, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up almost exclusively of Japanese-Americans, is authorized.

1960: Four black college students begin a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they’d been refused service.

1968: During the Vietnam War, South Vietnam’s police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene captured by news photographers.

2003: The space shuttle Columbia breaks up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members.

2013: Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigns as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure.

2017: The Republican-controlled Senate confirms Rex Tillerson, 56-43, to be U.S. secretary of state.


1993: A study of poverty indicators shows 105,224 people in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties lived at or below the poverty level in 1992.

Struthers’ new mayor, Daniel Mamula, called for an audit that resulted in findings for recovery of $9,500 from three former employees in the tax commissioner’s office.

Marking 10 years as athletic director of Youngstown State University, Joseph Malmisur says his two proudest accomplishments are establishing an Athletic Counseling Program and hiring Jim Tressel as head football coach.

1978: After more than a decade of contracting with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department for police protection, Poland Township now has its own police department with two new white cruisers, Chief Lee Goodin, four patrolmen and a number of reserve officers.

An electrical malfunction in a pumping station leaves 30,000 water customers in Austintown, Canfield and North Jackson without water.

James L. Truly, a 42-year-old Cleveland truck driver, is found alive after six days in his truck, which was buried during a blizzard on state Route 13 north of Mansfield. Truly was found by a search party led by his brother, Donald, who retraced the trucker’s route for four days before spotting the truck.

1968: An open-hearth furnace explosion at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Campbell Works injures six men and puts the furnace out of operation.

About 50 students from YSU’s Newman Center sign up for a 10-day trip to Appalachia to help residents construct a center.

A city incinerator employee gets 90 days in jail for trying to convert obsolete pre-stamped envelopes into cash.

Directors of General Fireproofing Co. elect four executive vice presidents: J.L. Mills, Arthur L. Stuckey, Herbert C. Williamson Jr. and Lawrence Miller.

1943: Youngstown district industries, including big steel plants, are studying ways of converting from oil to coal to preserve millions of gallons of fuel for the war effort.

Civilian defense equipment to defend Youngstown in case of an air raid or other war emergency has been streaming into the city, and about 4,000 gas masks are on their way.

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