Today is Thursday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2018. There are 347 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1778: English navigator Capt. James Cook reaches the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands.”
1911: The first landing of an aircraft on a ship takes place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brings his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.
1936: Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling, 70, dies in London.
1943: During World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launch their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeed in crushing the rebellion.
1949: Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular mass swindles in history, dies destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.
1967: Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the “Boston Strangler,” is convicted of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses.
1993: The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is observed in all 50 states for the first time.
2008: With recession fears rising and the stock market tumbling, President George W. Bush calls for up to $150 billion in tax relief for consumers and business.
2017: Opera singer Roberta Peters, 86, dies in Rye, N.Y.
1993: Dr. Wenifort C. Washington, executive assistant for Akron public schools, keynote speaker at the third annual salute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Mahoning Country Club, says the dream of Dr. King for a more equitable society remains unfulfilled.
The Rev. Robert Siffrin, chancellor and vicar for clergy for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, says the accent of the 50th anniversary of the diocese will be on remaining a vibrant and strong religious community.
Bob Cene opens the nonprofit Class B Baseball center, an indoor facility for batting practice at 1221 N. Meridian Road.
1978: The Campbell Board of Education votes 5-0 not to renew the contract of Superintendent Robert Hedrick.
An overnight snowfall of 10 inches challenges road crews and causes the closing of many district schools.
Ground is broken for the $275,000 Mauthe Pool that will be built on Struthers’ South Side with Economic Development Agency funds.
1968:The federal government is threatening to close the Mahoning Valley Vocational School at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, which has trained hundreds of young Ohioans for paying jobs.
A dinner honors Superintendent Robert Pond, Assistant Superintendent Darrel Fadely and new officers and teachers of the Salem school district.
Ray Mellott, a 6-foot-1-inch senior, has been the key man in Boardman’s lineup, averaging 15 points a game as the Spartans produced a six-game win streak.
1943: A class of 20 naval aviation cadets begins training at Youngstown College, the fourth such class to receive preliminary ground and flight training in Youngstown.
Jan Peerce, Metropolitan Opera star, will appear as guest artist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
The city will take bids for operation of the Mon-Airline facilities of the Youngstown Municipal Airport. The new contract is expected to provide additional airport revenue to help offset the field’s annual $30,000 deficit.