Today is Friday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2018. There are 325 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1943: The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ends with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

1773: The ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, is born in Charles City County, Va.

1861: Jefferson Davis is elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress in Montgomery, Ala.

1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau is established.

1942: Daylight-saving “War Time” goes into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour forward.

1964: The Beatles make their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York on CBS.

2002: Britain’s Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies in London.

2013: Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, pack the funeral service for Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student who was shot and killed Jan. 29 as she stood with friends at a park about a mile from President Barack Obama’s Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood.

2017: A federal appeals court refuses to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.


1993: An 18-year-old East Side man accused of committing felonious assault with a handgun while out on bond on a murder charge is free again, despite the prosecutor’s attempt to have Judge Louis K. Levy to revoke the man’s bond.

W. Russell Preston, 67, a retired department-store executive who returned to the Mahoning Valley from Scranton, Pa., is the new executive director of the American Red Cross, Mahoning Chapter.

Organizers of a campaign to support local efforts to land a Pentagon finance center in the Mahoning Valley say they have collected 18,000 letters or signatures on petitions.

1978: Officials of the Brookfield teachers’ union say they don’t know where they’ll get $64,500 to pay fines ordered by Trumbull Common Pleas Judge Donald Ford after striking teachers ignored his back-to-work order.

All members of the Niles Police Department except chief John Ross sign cards stating their desire to affiliate with AFSCME Local 2938, the same union that represents Trumbull County deputy sheriffs.

Ohio Edison asks school districts to cut their use of electricity and warns that if the company’s coal reserves fall below 30 days, schools will have to close effective March 1 until further notice.

1968: Student council presidents from five public and two diocesan high schools call on the community not to condemn all pupils because of the actions of a few. Percy Squire is elected chairman.

Youngstown Bishop James W. Malone issues guidelines for ecumenical activities that will allow Catholics to serve as witnesses at Protestant baptisms or, with a priest’s permission, to serve as attendants in Protestant weddings, and vice versa.

Four Brinks employees arrested after exceeding the load limit on a bridge can’t raise $57.50 bond, so their truck sits outside the East Liverpool police station with a load of $1 million.

The State Controlling Board releases $70,000 in planning money for the Warren campus of Kent State University.

1943: 2nd Lt. Alfred A. Esposite, 21, a graduate of East High and Texas A&M, is killed in a collision over an air-training field in England.

Lorraine Atkinson, 23, a teacher in Hubbard and Youngstown, quits teaching to become a TWA hostess on coast-to-coast flights.

Opening the 1943 library funds campaign for Youngstown College, Prof. Karl Dykema outlines the value of the college in wartime in a talk over WFMJ.

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