YEARS AGO FOR FEB. 6


Today is Tuesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2018. There are 328 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1778: During the American Revolutionary War, the United States wins official recognition and military support from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

1788: Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1899: A peace treaty between the United States and Spain is ratified by the U.S. Senate.

1911: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, is born in Tampico, Ill.

1922: Cardinal Archille Ratti is elected pope; he takes the name Pius XI.

1943: A Los Angeles jury acquits actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.

1952: Britain’s King George VI, 56, dies at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he is succeeded as monarch by his 25-year-old elder daughter, who becomes Queen Elizabeth II.

1968: The Winter Olympic Games are opened in Grenoble, France, by French President Charles de Gaulle.

1993: Tennis Hall of Famer and human-rights advocate Arthur Ashe dies in New York at age 49.

2008: At least 57 deaths are reported after two days of tornadoes plow across Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

2017: President Donald Trump accuses the media of deliberately minimizing coverage of the threat posed by the Islamic State group.

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1993: A Trumbull County jury of seven men and five women deliberates for four hours before finding former Fowler Township fire chief Thomas Rudge guilty of two counts of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, Shirley, 44, and Robert Sawtelle, 40.

Cortland Mayor Robert Moyers says it is “premature” to discuss a merger of the Cortland and Bazetta Township police departments.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol M. Browner recuses herself from the case of WTI’s hazardous-waste incinerator in East Liverpool because her husband works for an organization that has spoken out against the project.

1978: Service and technical employees of the Youngstown Hospital Association accept a new contract and end the longest strike in hospital history. The YHA announces an immediate 10 percent increase in room rates.

The old Warren Public Library across from the Trumbull County Courthouse will house the Juvenile Court and two other county offices.

Albert Calderone, inventor of the energy-saving J-pipe process, tells city officials that he has a plan under which steel could be made profitably at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s Campbell Works.

1968: Columbiana County commissioners ask the Ohio Bridge Commission to build a four-lane span over the Ohio River, noting that the load limit on the Chester Bridge at East Liverpool was reduced to 5,000 pounds after the catastrophic collapse of the Silver Bridge in December.

Vandalism is estimated at $2,000 at the new Mahoning County School for the Mentally Retarded in Austintown.

James Ervin, North High School principal, files a second charge against a 16-year-old student involving assault and battery. Adolph Kralj, shop instructor, filed the first charge.

1943: The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce urges the state Legislature to amend labor law to allow all women between 16 and 21 years old to work 10-hour days and to repeal a 25-pound weight limit on what female employees can handle.

Sebring High gets a step nearer the Tri-County League basketball title as it defeats Columbiana 38-27. Both teams have records of 12 wins and two losses.

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