YEARS AGO FOR JAN. 1


Today is Monday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2018. There are 364 days left in the year.

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On this date:

1943: The Walt Disney wartime animated short “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” starring Donald Duck in a satire of Nazi Germany, is released.

1953: Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, is discovered dead in the back seat of his car during a stop in Oak Hill, W.Va., while he was being driven to a concert date in Canton, Ohio.

1975: A jury in Washington finds Nixon administration officials John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Robert C. Mardian guilty of charges related to the Watergate cover-up (Mardian’s conviction for conspiracy was later overturned on appeal).

1979: The United States and China holds celebrations in Washington and Beijing to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

1984: The breakup of AT&T takes place as the telecommunications giant is divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.

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1993: Gov. George V. Voinovich writes a letter to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to lobby for the Mahoning Valley and Ohio’s two other finalists for a proposed Pentagon accounting center.

Liberty Township Fire Chief Harry Mauk, a

30-year veteran of the department, will step down after three years as chief but will remain with the department as a captain.

Youngstown’s 53rd homicide of the year comes a few hours before the end of 1992 when Karla Benner, a 17-year-old honor student visiting from Baltimore, is shot while walking in the 700 block of Shaw Avenue. Three young men attempted to rob her and a 13-year-old boy of the athletic jackets they were wearing.

1978: Warren-area restaurant owners say their summer business may drop by as much as 40 percent with the loss of John Kenley’s theater productions at Packard Music Hall, an attraction in the city for 20 years.

Construction is underway for Castle Hill Estates, a $25 million prestigious housing complex adjacent to Castle Hills Golf Course three miles north of New Castle.

Jack C. Hunter begins 1977 out of office, after having served eight years as mayor of Youngstown. Hunter says the Mahoning Valley should move toward a metropolitan form of government that involves both Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

1968: Faiz Rafidi pulls a pistol he bought after the last robbery at his mother’s Hubbard Road market and routs three would-be bandits, including one carrying a sawed-off shotgun.

All Youngstown-area city, county and state garages dispatch crews as a 3-inch snowfall makes driving very hazardous.

Fifty-seven people died in automobile accidents in Mahoning County in 1967, compared with 50 in 1966.

Robert Dority, 15, of Hubbard Township, who was severely beaten in an unprovoked attack by a group of boys Dec. 21, dies in North Side Hospital.

1943: The Struthers, Poland, Buckeye Plat and Indianola buses are stopped for an hour and a half when a Youngstown & Suburban Railway coal train blocked Poland Avenue at Caledonia Street.

Lt. Jack Barnum, of Poland-New Springfield Road, a Navy bomber pilot, is home from the Solomons. At 26, he is one of the two pilots of the original personnel of his squadron of flyers still alive.

Three well-known Youngstown men leave for San Antonio, Texas, to train as aviation cadets: Fred Tod Jr., Robert White and Jack Cramb.

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