Today is Tuesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2018. There are 363 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1792: The first classes begin at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
1893: The U.S. Postal Service issues its first-ever set of commemorative stamps to honor the upcoming World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago as well as the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ voyage.
1900: U.S. Secretary of State John Hay announces the “Open Door Policy” to facilitate trade with China.
1921: Religious services are broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh airs the regular Sunday service of the city’s Calvary Episcopal Church.
1967: Republican Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office as the new governor of California in a ceremony in Sacramento.
1974: President Richard Nixon signs legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles an hour as a way of conserving gasoline in the face of an OPEC oil embargo.
2006: A methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia claims the lives of 12 miners
2017: A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives strikes a bustling market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people,
1993: A cherry-red Dodge Viper, one of only 200 built in 1992, sits on the showroom floor of Frederick Dodge in Boardman. Asking price, $120,000.
Laurie Davis gives birth to the first New Year’s baby in the area, a girl at 12:37 a.m. in St. Joseph Hospital, Warren. At Greenville [Pa.] Regional Hospital, Cynthia Roncaglione gave birth to twin girls, one born at 11:04 p.m. New Year’s Eve and the other at 12:50 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Two employees of the Chick-Fil-A in Southern Park Mall win $1,000 scholarships from the company: Tamara Hammonds and Michelle Gay, both graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School.
1978: Republic Steel’s $90 million coke plant under construction in Warren will be partially exempted from property taxes, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Atty. Paul M. Dutton, a lawyer in the firm of Mitchell, Mitchell and Reed, is named Mahoning County Heart Sunday chairman for the American Heart Association’s February fundraising appeal.
Nicole Marie Poole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Poole of Youngstown is Mahoning County’s first baby of the new year and Thomas Daniel Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Warren, is Trumbull County’s New Year’s baby.
1968: Robert Hagan is elected to a fourth term as chairman of the Trumbull County commissioners with the support of William Klee. The third commissioner, Gary Thompson, voted against Hagan, saying the chairmanship should have rotated to him.
Swirling snows and biting cold winds greet Youngstown’s first babies of 1968. At North Side Hospital, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Becherer was born at 2:07 a.m. New Year’s Day.
L. Calvin Jones & Co., which is underwriting the loss of $364,810 in the hijacking of a Kane Secret Service Inc. truck, will post a reward for capture of the robbers.
1943: Mrs. Frank Sinkwich and her sister Dorothy renounce their movie careers and head back to Georgia after making the mistake of posing for Hollywood leg art. Mrs. Sinkwich said her husband, the Heisman Trophy winner from Youngstown, “blew up” and told the sisters they “couldn’t set foot in the studio again.”
Four members of the Hugh McPhee family on Hudson Avenue are under hospital care for food poisoning. Two members of the family arrived at the hospital by ambulance and two in a physician’s car.
Four Youngstown district Army men are killed in action: Pvt. John Mackall, Wellsville; S. Sgt Frank Zeck, Warren; Pfc. Edward Biggens, Sharpsville; and Pvt. Bob Withers, New Castle, Pa.