Today is Wednesday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2018. There are 348 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1781: In the Revolutionary War, American forces defeat the British in the Battle of Cowpens, S.C.
1806: Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, gives birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House.
1893: The 19th U.S. president, Rutherford B. Hayes, dies in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.
1929: The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor makes his debut in the “Thimble Theatre” comic strip.
1953: A prototype of the Chevrolet Corvette is unveiled during the General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
1977: Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, is shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.
1998: The Drudge Report says Newsweek magazine had killed a story about an affair between President Bill Clinton and an unidentified White House intern, the same day Clinton gave a deposition in Paula Jones’ sexual-harassment lawsuit.
2008: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network broadcasts the first of a two-part interview with Lance Armstrong, in which the disgraced cyclist says he started doping in the mid-1990s.
1993: More than a dozen Mahoning Valley residents, including Mahoning County Commissioner David Engler, Atty. Martin Hume and county Auditor George Tablack, are attending the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
Timothy Sandor, director of the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority, contends that bad press and exaggerated accounts of drugs and violence are keeping new tenants away from Warren’s Highland Terrace and Fairview Gardens housing projects.
For the third-consecutive inauguration, Masters Tuxedo of Youngstown will be shipping as many as 5,000 tuxedos for rental to men attending formal events.
1978: Salem Fire Chief Martin Catlos orders the board of education to either renovate or vacate McKinley Elementary School by the next school year and to make repairs at Prospect Elementary School within 30 days.
After a 90-minute meeting in the office of U.S. Sen. John Glenn, Mayor J. Phillip Richley says Youngstown will seek $20 million from the Economic Development Agency to assist communities hit by sudden shutdowns in the steel industry.
The 50th annual Golden Gloves tournament will open at the Struthers Fieldhouse. The 1977 Novice Division champion, Jeff Lampkin, will help the Tomez-Buckeye Elks team defend its crown.
1968: The Mahoning County Medical Society is studying a proposal to establish a medical school at Youngstown State University.
Army Spec. 4 Eugene Melvin Williams of Youngstown is killed in Vietnam. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Williams, say he had only 65 days to go before coming home.
The Junior League of Youngstown votes to spend up to $300,000 for a library and learning center at a Youngstown elementary school and to renovate and refurbish the Steel Valley Home for Girls on Elm Street.
Retired Common Pleas Judge John W. Ford, one of the district’s most distinguished citizens, dies of pneumonia at North Side Hospital.
1943: Bishop Wilbur E. Hammaker of Denver, former pastor of Trinity Methodist Church, will interview Madame Chiang Kai Shek in Washington, D.C.
Bob Feller, storybook boy pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and now a chief petty officer in the Navy, marries Virginia Winther, daughter of a leading Waukegan, Ill., industrialist.
Congressman Michael J. Kirwan leaves Youngstown for Washington, D.C., to begin his fourth term as a congressman and as a member of the important House Appropriations Committee.