Today is Thursday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2018. There are 354 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: Alabama becomes the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.

1913: The first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, goes on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

1927: Creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proposed during a dinner of Hollywood luminaries at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

1935: Aviator Amelia Earhart begins an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that makes her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.

1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issues “Smoking and Health,” a report that concludes that “cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate.”

1989: Nine days before leaving the White House, President Ronald Reagan bids the nation farewell in a prime-time address, saying of his eight years in office: “We meant to change a nation, and instead we changed a world.”

2013: President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet at the White House, where they agree to speed up slightly the schedule for moving Afghanistan’s security forces into the lead across the country.


1993: Glenn Singleton, security officer for the Columbiana County Courthouse, says a used metal detector bought from USAir for $250 uncovered 25 knives in the pockets of courthouse visitors on the first day of operation. Most were small pen knives.

Salesmen for New York Music Co. and Valley Piano and Organ say digital pianos have become more realistic in recent years and are gaining favor with local piano buyers. Digital pianos account for as much as a third of piano sales.

A plan by Mill Creek Metropolitan Park District to develop an inn along Route 224 in Boardman is at a standstill after no potential developers submit proposals.

1978: Fire guts a Columbiana landmark, the old Union Bank Building at 118 S. Main Street.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol uses a helicopter to check on some 40 to 50 cars and trucks still stranded along Routes 45 and 534. Ohio reports 14 weather-related deaths.

Warren Postmaster Herman Pfennighaus denies accusations by disgruntled postal workers that large amounts of bulk mail were destroyed rather than delivered because of manpower shortages.

1968: The Secret Service confiscates $4.5 million in counterfeit bills at New York’s Kennedy Airport, which agents say was printed at a building at 311 Main St. in Wellsville, Ohio.

Twenty-one cars of a 68-car New York Central fright train carrying iron ore derails northwest of Hubbard.

The Choffin Vocational School urban renewal project will receive $62,099 for planning, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department reports. An additional $566,533 is reserved by HUD for buying land and site improvements.

Two Youngstown patrolmen, Richard Kish and Dominic Yannarella, are injured in a four-car crash at Fifth and Lincoln avenues.

1943: Seventy-five women and 10 men report to the Ohio Junction of the B&O Railroad to work for 75 cents an hour as track laborers.

More than 2,000 members and friends of Trinity Methodist Church fill the sanctuary and several chapels when it opens its doors for the first time.

Five men facing long prison terms sawed through three sets of bars to escape from the Mahoning County Jail.

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