YEARS AGO FOR FEB. 12

Today is Monday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2018. There are 322 days left in the year.

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On this date in:

1809: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Ky.

1554: Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, are beheaded after being condemned for high treason.

1818: Chile officially proclaims its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.

1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded.

1914: Groundbreaking takes place for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (A year later on this date, the cornerstone is laid.)

1940: The radio play “The Adventures of Superman” debuts with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

1973: Operation Homecoming begins as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict takes place.

1999: The Senate votes to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

2008: General Motors reports losing $38.7 billion in 2007, a record annual loss in automotive history, and offers buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers.

2017: Northern California authorities order the evacuation of some 200,000 people from communities near the Oroville Dam, where an emergency spillway is in danger of flooding.

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1993: G.R. Thompson, vice president of Azko Salt Co., says that unless a buyer can be found for the excess electricity it would produce for a proposed salt extraction plant in North Jackson, the project isn’t economically feasible.

The Girard Board of Education adopts a policy restricting enrollment of some foreign- exchange students a year after the district was caught up in a controversy over whether students from the Bahamas were being brought to the area purely to play basketball.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is targeting Westlake Terrace apartments in Youngstown as part of a national program to nab career criminals.

1978: Although Youngstown State University has not met its goal of 10 percent minority enrollment, Hugh Frost, the university’s affirmative action officer, says YSU’s good-faith efforts to carry out federal orders against racial discrimination are sufficient to withstand scrutiny.

A fire at 650 Joseph St. in Youngstown kills two children, Antwan Brown, 4, and Marla Hicks, 3. Their mother left them alone in the house while she went to pay bills.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is monitoring area gas-well drilling operations as the result of four drilling-related deaths in Trumbull, Mahoning and Portage counties over 18 months.

1968: John E. Connelly, who began his career as a substitute letter carrier in 1927, is named Youngstown’s assistant postmaster, succeeding the late Arthur Stockstill.

At the installation banquet of Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 28, Ohio Attorney General William Saxbe proposes volunteer committees of community “doers” to fight crime on the local level.

Oscar Emch, 66, prominent Girard civic leader and director of Penn-Ohio Apron and Towel Supply Co., dies of a heart ailment.

1943: Congress warns that $80 billion worth of guns, planes, tanks and ships cannot be produced this year without widespread business casualties in nonessential industries.

Rep. Orville Zimmerman of Missouri raps the failure of government to dig a waterway to connect Lake Erie with the Ohio River via Youngstown to aid the war effort.


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