Today is Friday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2018. There are 360 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1066: Edward the Confessor, King of England, dies after a reign of nearly 24 years.

1781: A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va.

1905: The National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals is incorporated in New York State.

1943: Educator and scientist George Washington Carver dies in Tuskegee, Ala., at age 80.

1970: Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, is found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. (UMWA President Tony Boyle and seven others are convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, the killings.)

1983: President Ronald Reagan announces he is nominating Elizabeth Dole to succeed Drew Lewis as secretary of transportation; Dole became the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan’s administration, and the first to head the DOT.

1998: Sonny Bono, the 1960s pop star-turned-politician, is killed at age 62 when he strikes a tree while skiing at the Heavenly Ski Resort on the Nevada-California state line.

2013: President Barack Obama hails a last-minute deal with Congress that pulled the country back from the “fiscal cliff,” but warns in his Saturday radio and internet address that he would not compromise over his insistence that lawmakers lift the federal debt ceiling.

2017: President-elect Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, urges Republicans and Democrats to “get together” to design a replacement for President Barack Obama’s health care law.


1993: Daniel O’Leary, 46, president and CEO of Fay’s Inc., a New York retail chain with 315 stores, is hired as the chief financial officer of Youngstown-based Phar-Mor Inc.

James Scanlon, the new provost of Youngstown State University, says he was drawn to Youngstown because the city has ethnic and cultural diversity without the complexities and headaches of big-city life.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young is named NFL’s 1992 Offensive Player of the Year.

1978: Ronald D. Carabbia, 48, of Poland, purported area organized-crime figure, pleads innocent to aggravated murder in the bombing death of Daniel J. “Danny” Greene of Cleveland.

State Rep. George D. Tablack Jr. will challenge U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney for the Democratic nomination for 19th District Congressman.

Robert A. Rose, president of Farmers Savings & Loan Co. of Canfield, says 1977 was the greatest year in the company’s history, increasing assets 21 percent, from $33 million to $40 million.

1968: Two men described by Youngstown police as the ski-masked bandits who have terrorized area stores, are caught in the act of robbing the Home-Auto Stereo Co. at 1509 Glenwood Ave.

An elderly Champion Township man is pistol whipped and his wife is sprayed in the eyes with an aerosol bomb by four men who forced their way into the home looking for money. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sliwa are hospitalized.

Clarence Adams, 25, of Youngstown, who was reported wounded in Vietnam on Dec. 27, dies Dec. 30.

1943: Col. L.R. Boals, Youngstown executive director of civil defense, defies Mayor William Spagnola when he tells city council that civilian defense funds should not be used to purchase a city firetruck.

Youngstown Municipal Judge Peter Mulholland fixed 261 parking tickets during December for a 1942 total of 3,305.

Lt. Col. Melvin McCreary, the Youngstown soldier who played an important part in the capture of Buna in New Guinea, is reported wounded in action.

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