Today is Monday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2018. There are 329 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1631: The founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife, Mary, arrive in Boston from England.

1783: Sweden recognizes the independence of the United States.

1918: During World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, while transporting about 2,000 American troops to Europe, is torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Irish Sea with the loss of more than 200 people.

1943: “The Outlaw,” Howard Hughes’ controversial Western featuring the screen debut of Jane Russell, premieres in San Francisco.

1967: “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premieres on CBS-TV.

1971: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell step onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.

1993: President Bill Clinton signs the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting workers up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for family emergencies.

2008: Sen. John McCain seizes command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning delegate-rich primaries from the East Coast to California on Super Tuesday.

2017: Tom Brady leads one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by an unbelievable Julian Edelman catch that helped lift New England from a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl victory, 34-28, the first in overtime.


1993: About 100 jobs may be created over the next five years at the new Tri-Tech Group extrusion and manufacturing plant in Salem.

Oliver Ocasek, who was an Ohio state senator for 30 years and is now president of the Ohio Board of Education, tours Lincoln Elementary School in Warren, where he says he “saw teachers teaching and kids learning.”

Phar-Mor Inc. taps David Schwartz, 47, the president of Smitty’s Super Valu Inc. in Phoenix, as president and CEO of Phar-Mor. Schwartz turned around Smitty’s.

1978: A 23-year-old Youngstown man is charged with attempting to extort $1 million from Youngstown by sending Mayor Phillip Richley a letter claiming that the city could suffer a series of bombings and “deadly radiation” if his demands weren’t met.

As Ohio Edison’s coal piles dwindle due to a strike by miners and severe weather, David Gundry, manager of Ohio Edison’s Youngstown district, reluctantly orders industries to cut electricity use by 25 percent.

Italo DeSanctis closes Eats Shoe Repair, the shop he ran in Hubbard for 34 years, using the skills he learned from his shoemaker father. Half of the shoes brought into his shop in later years were so cheaply made they weren’t worth fixing, he says.

1968: Fire destroys the 120-year-old Leslie Hotel at 34 E. Washington St., New Castle, Pa., leaving 34 residents homeless.

The Rev. Hunsdon Cary Jr., rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown since 1957, resigns to become rector of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla.

James Price carries one child through the blazing kitchen of the family’s Guss Street home on Youngstown’s East Side, and their mother, Margaret, led three other children to safety.

About 500 Democratic committeemen and officeholders help U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan launch his campaign for a 17th term in Congress.

1943: Only necessary men in 35 essential industries can be reasonably certain of escaping a call to military service.

The time-change bill has approval of both Houses of the Ohio Legislature but the question of when the clocks will be turned back is not yet decided.

A old, empty two-story brick and frame building at 380 E. Federal St., in a legal dispute over moving it back, collapses, injuring one man.

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