Today is Monday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2018. There are 343 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1498: During his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrives at the present-day Caribbean island of St. Vincent.
1901: Britain’s Queen Victoria dies at age 81 after a reign of 63 years.
1938: Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” is performed publicly for the first time in Princeton, N.J.
1968: The fast-paced sketch comedy program “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres as a weekly series on NBC-TV.
1973: The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalizes abortions using a trimester approach.
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson dies at his Texas ranch at age 64.
1987: Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of defrauding the state, proclaims his innocence at a news conference before pulling out a gun and shooting himself to death in front of horrified onlookers.
2017: After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivers a more unifying message and seeks to reassure Americans he is ready to begin governing a divided nation.
1993: Youngstown Police Chief Randall Wellington declined to say whether police would intervene if the cast of “Oh! Calcutta” performs in the nude at Powers Auditorium.
Two middle-school girls in Lorain plot to kill their English teacher, and other students bet $200 on the outcome. The 12-year-old girl was to hold the teacher and the 13-year-old was to stab her.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, about 200 anti-abortion demonstrators meet in downtown New Castle, Pa., to light thousands of candles that they say represent babies that will never be born.
1978: As many as 30 Warren postal clerks and five of seven in Niles will be transferred to the Youngstown sectional postal facility when a second high-speed sorting machine goes on line.
Arthur G. Young, president of the Mahoning National Bank, confirms that former Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter, has accepted a position in the bank’s personnel department.
Greg Finnerty sinks two free throws with 16 seconds left to ensure Cardinal Mooney a 62-61 victory over Boardman, giving the Cardinals the lead in the Steel Valley Conference.
1968: “Black rain” over the weekend discolors 60 homes on Struthers’ South Side.
Dan Green, 17, senior at South High School, will be Youngstown’s student mayor during the 1968 Youth in Government Day.
Five members of Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department recover the body of Harold Cundiff, Winston-Salem, S.C., the 39th victim of the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Advertisement, Welles Department Store: Last chance to buy RCA LPs at $1.97. Titles include Elvis Presley’s “Greatest Hits” and “GI Blues,” Eddy Arnold’s “Sings them All,” Perry Como’s “I Believe” and Henry Mancini’s “Music of Hawaii.”
1943: Simon Leis, special prosecutor appointed by Atty. Gen. Herbert Thomas to “clean up” Youngstown and Mahoning County, fires his first shot in the war on vice, raiding a “bug” headquarters at 106 South Ave.
Dr. Joseph E. Smith, dean of men at Youngstown College, is named to head the War Manpower Commission in Youngstown. He will oversee a plan to promote orderly recruiting and transfer of workers from nonessential to essential war industries.
Helen Grace Smith of Lincoln School is taking basic training at the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in Iowa. She has been president of Beta Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.