Today is Saturday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2018. There are 345 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1649: King Charles I of England goes on trial, accused of high treason.

1887: The U.S. Senate approves an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.

1936: Britain’s King George V dies after his physician injects the mortally ill monarch with morphine and cocaine to hasten his death.

1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt is sworn into office for an unprecedented fourth term.

1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower takes the oath of office as president of the United States.

1969: Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States.

1977: Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th president of the United States.

1981: Iran releases 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

1993: Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.

2001: George Walker Bush becomes America’s 43rd president after one of the most turbulent elections in U.S. history.

2013: President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second presidential term.

2017: Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, pledging emphatically to empower America’s “forgotten men and women.”


1993: U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr. is urging Trumbull County residents not to sign petitions for a referendum on a sales tax imposed for a proposed Pentagon accounting center, saying the vote would “kill” the project.

Acting on an anonymous tip, Trumbull County deputies raid Candlelite Knolls, a recreational hall owned by the Cortland Optimist Club, and confiscate five slot machines, several blackjack tables, a roulette machine and an electronic card machine.

Mahoning County commissioners put a temporary hold on entering into any long-term contracts for a new county jail until two new commissioners, Frank Lordi and David Engler, can re-evaluate the cost and financing.

1978: The Youngstown Civil Service Commission orders the reinstatement of Patrolman Ernest Paul Sr., who resigned under pressure nine days after he was sentenced to county jail on an assault charge. Paul had run his patrol car into four patrolmen who were picketing the entrance to the police garage.

Traffic is temporarily reduced to one way heading west on Federal Plaza as work begins on the $1.2 million expansion project in downtown Youngstown.

Brookfield school teachers end their four-day strike, but the schools remained closed for another day because of stormy weather.

1968: The Rev. Thomas E. McCarthy is appointed director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Youngstown. He holds a master’s degree in social work from Catholic University in Washington.

Dr. Norman Yoder, a psychiatrist at a Pennsylvania hospital, was so concerned over the illegal use of LSD by children that he invented a story that the sun blinded six college students who stared at it after taking the drug.

1943: Major and Mrs. A.E. Avery, commanding officers of the Youngstown Salvation Army for six years, have been advanced to the leadership of the Brooklyn, N.Y., Salvation Army.

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