Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2018. There are 331 days left in the year.

Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2018. There are 331 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1690: The first paper money in America is issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to finance a military expedition to Canada.

1783: Spain formally recognizes American independence.

1913: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, is ratified.

1930: The chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigns for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)

1959: Rock ’n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson die in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1998: Texas executes Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she is the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984.

2013: Eight people are killed when a tour bus crashes in San Bernardino County, Calif., while returning 38 tourists to Tijuana, Mexico.

2017: President Donald Trump launches his long-promised attack on banking rules that were rushed into law after the nation’s economic crisis. The president’s action frees big banks from restrictions.


1993: Developer J.J. Cafaro and U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. warn that people circulating petitions to challenge a sales tax that would finance a Pentagon project in the Mahoning Valley are jeopardizing the project by their efforts.

Youngstown Superintendent Alfred Tutela proposes a restructuring plan that would turn elementary schools into “Learning Centers” and high schools into “Schools of Emphasis.” “Home Learning Centers” would help prepare preschool children for school.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency inspects storage buildings and takes samples from 55-gallon drums at Century 21 Paints in Austintown.

1978: A WRTA bus rams into a tree after being struck broadside by a van at Gibson Street and Palmer Avenue. Eleven schoolchildren from St. Anne’s Byzantine Catholic School escape serious injury. The driver, Jeffrey Snow, was hospitalized.

Hartzell’s Rose & Sons, a landmark haberdashery in Youngstown for 130 years, will close its store at 135 Federal Plaza West, Fred Rose, president, reports.

Ground is broken for a $7 million parking deck on Wick Avenue, the first of $21 million in projects slated at Youngstown State University.

1968: Ohio Rep. James Hagan of Liberty Township introduces legislation that would permit factory workers to collect unemployment compensation if they are furloughed because of a strike in a related industry. When 4,500 workers at the GM Lordstown plant were laid off because of foundry strikes, they were not eligible for unemployment compensation.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Clyde W. Osborne files for the Republican primary. James Panno and Herman “Pete” Starks file for 82nd District state representative.

Fire breaks out in the Penguin Bar on Salt Springs Road, causing $25,000 damage.

More than 200 children who have been attending classes in Salem’s First Christian and First Friends churches since their school was damaged by a windstorm will move into an eight-room addition to Buckeye School.

1943: Ralph Black, a Vindicator carrier for eight months, uses his pony to deliver 63 papers on his Austintown route.

Four gasoline station operators in Niles, West Mecca and East Liverpool are charged with mishandling gasoline ration coupons. They could lose their businesses.

Youngstown College will be without Don Duffy, its top defensive performer, for the battle with St. Vincent College at South High Field House. He is in the Air Corps Reserve and has been called to active duty.

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