Today is Tuesday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2018. There are 356 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1793: Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flies from Philadelphia to Woodbury, N.J.
1861: Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union.
1913: Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, is born in Yorba Linda, Calif.
1916: The World War I Battle of Gallipoli ends after eight months with an Ottoman Empire victory as Allied forces withdrew.
1945: During World War II, American forces begin landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the Battle of Luzon gets underway, resulting in an Allied victory over Imperial Japanese forces.
1968: The Surveyor 7 space probe makes a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
2013: Vice President Joe Biden hears personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations at the White House as he undertakes to draft the Obama administration’s response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
2017: President-elect Donald Trump appoints his influential son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a White House senior adviser.
1993: Freedom Forge Corp., parent of American Welding and Manufacturing in Warren, blames a severely depressed aerospace industry for its decision to shut down the Warren plant, eliminating the jobs of 287 hourly and salaried employees.
Gov. George Voinovich signs legislation allowing small businesses to pool resources and create their own employee health care plans under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Sean D. Logan of Guilford Lake, D-3rd.
A 37-year-old Youngstown man is sentenced to 101 days in jail and five years’ probation for threatening a Columbiana County common pleas jury that found his friend guilty in a shooting and robbery trial.
1978: Matt Cavanaugh, University of Pittsburgh quarterback and former Chaney High standout, leads the North to a come-from-behind 17-14 victory over the South in the 29th annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
A 5-inch snowfall that followed freezing rain after temperatures dropped from 47 degrees to 22 causes the closing of schools in the tri-county area.
An East Liverpool ice-cream shop owner, Willis D. Books, is shot to death during a robbery at his Pennsylvania Avenue store, and an East Liverpool youth is shot dead by an attendant at an Ohioville, Pa., service station.
1968: Sgt. Donald F. Webb of Wright Drive died Jan. 3 near Da Nang of burns received when his bunker was struck by mortar rounds. The eight-year veteran is Mahoning County’s 46th Vietnam War casualty.
Four million dollars for Youngstown State University for a technical and community college building is part of a proposed $25 million fund to be added to Gov. James Rhodes’ $265 million capital improvements program.
1943: Coroner Arnold Devon believes mice gnawing on a box of matches sparked a fire that killed five children in the home of Frank Boyles in Rogers. Dead are Duane Boyles, 13; Arlene Boyles, 9; Donna Jean Boyles, 7; Charles Yarwood, 4; and Donald Yarwood, 3. Mrs. Boyles, 52; a son, Donald, 16; and a granddaughter, Lucille Yarwood, 13, are in Salem City Hospital.
A severe coffee shortage is expected in the United States despite rationing. Total stock in the U.S. is about 1 million bags, enough for only 30 days under normal conditions.