Today is Thursday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2018. There are 361 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1868: “The Moonstone” by Wilkie Collins, considered by some the first full-length English detective novel, begins to be serialized in Britain and the U.S. in All the Year Round and Harper’s Weekly (it was published in book form in July 1868).

1896: Utah is admitted as the 45th state.

1904: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, rules that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stops short of declaring them citizens. (Puerto Ricans received U.S. citizenship in March 1917.)

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, calls for legislation to provide assistance for the jobless, elderly, impoverished children and the handicapped.

1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his State of the Union address in which he outlined the goals of his “Great Society.”

1974: President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.


1993: East Liverpool Municipal Court trials for 75 people arrested during protests at the Waste Technologies Industries hazardous waste incinerator, are moved to an auditorium on the branch campus of Kent State University.

Hundreds of employees of Weirton Steel Corp. who managed to save their jobs through an employee buyout a decade ago face layoffs due to lingering weakness in the domestic steel market.

U.S. Rep.-elect Sherrod Brown says the first bill he will introduce when he joins Congress is a limit on campaign spending by congressional candidates.

1978: Mahoning County Engineer Michael Fitas tells employees in his department that they will go on a four-day workweek until summer to make up for a $750,000 shortfall in motor vehicle tax money from the state.

Edgar A. Speer, chairman of U.S. Steel Corp., says in a New York Times interview that “At some point down the line that capacity [the Ohio and McDonald Works] will be replaced,” but a company spokesman says there are no immediate plans to close the plants.

Notre Dame wins the AP collegiate football title, edging out Arkansas and Alabama at the end of a football season that at one point had critics clamoring for the firing of Irish coach Dan Devine.

1968: William J. Powell, 89, a founder and president of Powell Pressed Steel in Hubbard, dies of pulmonary edema at his residence overlooking Hubbard Golf Course, which he founded in 1927.

Bryon Wade of Youngstown is assigned a six-year term on the Ohio Board of Education representing the 19 th District.

Two investment firms with Youngstown offices – Prescott & Co. and Merrill, Turben and Co. – are consolidated to form Prescott, Merrill, Turben and Co.

1943: Niles Health Officer Lawrence Elston says nine city residents have received the serum for hydrophobia and unless action is taken against rabid dogs, there may be an epidemic. Police will shoot stray dogs on sight.

The M. DeBartolo Co. notifies the city that it considers its garbage collection contract canceled becuse of a new ordinance that provides a monthly garbage fee of 50 cents for householders.

Seeking to ensure the safety of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania war plants against air attacks or airplane accidents, Youngstown district aviators are restricted for certain areas.

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