Today is Monday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2018. There are 357 days left in the year.

Today is Monday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2018. There are 357 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1642: Astronomer Galileo Galilei dies in Arcetri, Italy.

1790: President George Washington delivers his first State of the Union address to Congress in New York.

1815: The last major engagement of the War of 1812 ends as U.S. forces defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans, not having gotten word of the signing of a peace treaty.

1918: President Woodrow Wilson outlines his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I.

Mississippi becomes the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.

1935: Rock ’n’ roll legend Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss.

1987: For the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closes above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25. (It closed above 25,000 for the first time last week.)

2011: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is shot and critically wounded when a gunman opens fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six people are killed, 12 others are injured.


1993: Frank Zarlenga, Youngstown housing officer, is drafting a law that would allow the city to board up abandoned houses without having to first track down and notify the owners.

Youngstown State University will establish a Center for International Business with a $1 million donation from broadcast executive Warren P. Williamson Jr.

Lawrence Lawrence and Betty Parish of Youngstown are among the dozens of customers lining up before the doors opened at the Youngstown Post Office to purchase sheets of Elvis Presley postage stamps.

1978: Between extending the life of existing supplies and receiving nonunion coal, Ohio Edison Co. hopes its present 70-day supply of coal will be enough to keep its power plants operating, including its Niles plant, which burns 2,000 tons a day.

The Rev. Nicholas Arioli, who has served as pastor and assistant pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles for 25 years, is leaving for Rome where he will serve a six-year term on the council of his religious order, the Society of the Precious Blood.

Youngstown City Council flexes its financial muscle, refusing to fund the position of building commissioner and administrative assistant in an effort to force Mayor J. Phillip Richley to keep John Benninger as finance director rather than Richley’s choice of Dominic Conti.

1968: Two firemen are injured in a fire that gutted an apartment at the Kimmel Brooks Homes. Mrs. Eleanor Patterson saved 4-year-old David by snatching him from a bed on the second floor where he was sleeping.

Sports in Youngstown schools are endangered after the third failure of an operating levy. Rayen will have a full program, Chaney, a partial program, but sports will be extinct at the other four high schools.

The Youngstown Post Office is back in the stamp business after 2 million new 6-cent stamps and 250,000 1-cent stamps arrive, a day after first-class postage went from 5 cents to 6 cents.

1943: The Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments by pinball-machine owners seeking to invalidate an Youngstown law that classifies marble boards as gambling devices.

Fire Department officials are questioning a 14-year-old boy believed to have turned in a false alarm that resulted in two fire engines being wrecked. One engine was hit by a skidding car and the other side-swiped by a truck.

Five children burned to death and three other people, two of them children, were seriously injured in a fire that destroyed the Frank Boyles home on Billingsley Farm, Negley-Mill Rock Road near Rogers.

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