Today is Saturday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2018. There are 352 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1733: James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrive at Charleston, S.C., while en route to settle in present-day Georgia.
1794: President George Washington approves a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, after the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.)
1864: American songwriter Stephen Foster dies in poverty in a New York hospital at age 37.
1898: Emile Zola’s famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, “J’accuse,” is published in Paris.
In 1915, a magnitude-7 earthquake centered in Avezzano, Italy, claimed some 30,000 lives.
In 1941, a new law went into effect granting Puerto Ricans U.S. birthright citizenship.
1962: Comedian Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.
1968: Country singer Johnny Cash performs and records a pair of shows at Folsom State Prison in California.
1978: Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey dies in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.
1982: An Air Florida 737 crashes into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River while trying to take off during a snowstorm, killing 78 people.
1990: L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation’s first elected black governor.
2017: Republicans drove a budget through Congress giving them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
1993: City schools Superintendent Alfred Tutela wants the Youngstown district to be the first in the area to approve open enrollment, which would allow students from neighboring districts to attend city schools.
Walter Duzzny, director of the Youngstown-Mahoning County Disaster Services & Emergency Management Agency, says the Mahoning Valley’s water supply is endangered by insufficient barriers on the Interstate 80 bridge that would allow one truck carrying hazardous chemicals to contaminate the Meander Reservoir.
George Warren III, president of Old Express Ltd. in Warren, says the Bavarian FunFest, an 18-year tradition, will not be held in 1993.
1978: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will conduct a survey of the reliability of service by the state’s electricity providers given shortages that occurred during a week of low temperatures.
John Kenley signs a $50,000 contract to produce summer theater at the E.J. Thomas Hall for the Performing Arts in Akron.
Trumbull Commissioner Walter Pestrak is elected chairman of the Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency; Mayor J. Phillip Richley, vice chairman; Trumbull Engineer Ed Ryser, second vice chairman, and Ashtabula Commissioner Tom Nassett, third vice chairman. None was at the meeting. Pestrak and Ryser had the flu, Richley had city commitments and Nassett was snowed in.
1968: Robert E. Williams, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., tells the Downtown Kiwanis Club that the 1968 outlook for the steel industry is rosy.
Burglars got some $5,000 in stamps and cash from a walk-in vault at the Struthers Post Office, but failed to crack two safes.
Waterline breaks in Canfield, Youngstown, Boardman and Austintown plague Youngstown Water Department repair crews.
1943: Wind-fanned flames destroy the Wickliffe Lumber Co. on Mahoning Avenue and over four hours drive 14 people from their homes into 18-degree temperatures and threaten tanks containing 30,000 gallons of gasoline.
A new record for safe operation under war-time conditions will be celebrated by Youngstown bus and trolley operators.