Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2018. There are 309 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1507: Queen Elizabeth I of England is excommunicated by Pope Pius V, who accuses the monarch of heresy.

1793: President George Washington conducts the first Cabinet meeting on record at his Mount Vernon home; attending are Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War Henry Knox and Attorney General Edmund Randolph.

1836: Inventor Samuel Colt patents his revolver.

1905: The Upton Sinclair novel “The Jungle” is first published in serial form by the Appeal to Reason newspaper.

1913: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, is declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

1943: Allied troops reoccupy the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia after clashing with German troops during World War II.

1950: “Your Show of Shows,” starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris, debuts on NBC-TV.

1964: Eastern Airlines Flight 304, a DC-8, crashes shortly after taking off from New Orleans International Airport, killing all 58 on board.

1986: President Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumes the presidency.

1991: During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans are killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hits a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

1994: American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before worshippers beat him to death.

2008: A 2006 Associated Press photograph of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wearing traditional local garb during a visit to Kenya begins circulating online; the Obama campaign accuses Hillary Clinton’s campaign of being responsible, a charge rejected by Clinton officials.

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, 96, dies in Hanover, N.H.

2017: Democrats choose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman during a meeting in Atlanta.


1993: Speaking during Black History Month at Youngstown State University, Jesse Jackson Jr., 27, says, “One drug dealer has killed more of our people in the last year than the Ku Klux Klan in the last 400.”

The body of Terri Girts, first wife of undertaker Robert Girts, is exhumed from Lake Park Cemetery in Boardman. Girts has been charged with poisoning his third wife, Diane in Parma.

Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere tells the Council of Rural Governments that he will use reserve deputies to beef up police protection in northern tier townships.

1978: Retired Bishop David R. Thornberry of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming will conduct a traditional confirmation at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown.

Tony Trolio Jr. of Poland first printed names on the uniforms of a midget football team he was coaching to save money. Today he’s making money by operating a modern silk-screening shop making custom shirts.

Youngstown fighters capture five of their seven bouts at the Cleveland Golden Gloves. The winners are Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, George Edwards, Rick Reese, Harry Arroyo and Millard Williams. Losing their bouts were Steve Carmendy and Steve Beight.

1968: New Castle Traffic Lt. Walter Bartoshek wants to reinvigorate motorcycle patrols and asks city council to replace the city’s two 6-year-old motorcycles and to add more to the fleet.

Former Struthers High athlete Andy Kosco leaves for New York Yankees training camp at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Youngstown district will have the largest delegations in history to the national political conventions, 23 Democrats and 17 Republicans.

1943: Youngstown school teachers, acting as registrars in distributing War Ration Book No. 2, have given out 86,210 books so far.

Navy Cadet Robert VanCure, a 1938 graduate of Rayen School, is missing at sea. He had visited his parents in Boardman in December before leaving to resume duty in January.

Joseph Flynn, Youngstown aviator, narrowly misses being a member of the 11-man crew of the Yankee Clipper that crashed in the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal.

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