Today is Wednesday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2018. There are 341 days left in the year.


On this date in:

A.D. 41: Roman Emperor Caligula, 28, is assassinated by members of the Praetorian Guard after a reign of nearly four years; he is succeeded by his uncle Claudius.

1742: Charles VII is elected Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian Succession.

1848: James W. Marshall discovers a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, a discovery that would lead to the gold rush of ’49.

1908: The Boy Scouts movement begins in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.

1965: British statesman Winston Churchill dies in London at 90.

1989: Confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair.

1993: Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall dies in Bethesda, Md., at 84.

2003: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is sworn in as the first secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security.

2013: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announces the lifting of a ban on women serving in combat.

2017: President Donald Trump moves swiftly to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, signing executive actions to aggressively overhaul America’s energy policy and deal a sharp blow to Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change.


1993: Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Patrick V. Kerrigan says the city’s legal system is in “controlled chaos” with “people who freely admit violating the law with impunity because we have no place to put them.”

The Bavarian Fun Fest, which has brought $5 million to $6 million a year to Sharon, Pa., won’t take place in the city in 1992, but may move to Conneaut Lake Park.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. appears on the stage of Stambaugh Auditorium dressed as the Phantom of the Opera and serves as master of ceremonies for “Evening of Music,” a fundraiser for the 75th anniversary fund of the Butler Institute of Art.

1978: Dollar Savings and Trust Co. reports $4.5 million in income for 1977, a record for the bank and an increase of nearly 23 percent over 1976.

Laird Eckman, director of the Youngstown Regional Growth Foundation, and 15 others canvass 171 firms in southern Michigan in an effort to draw more automotive industries to Ohio.

J. Ronald Pittman, Youngstown Community Development Agency director, is opening a full-scale investigation into federally funded housing rehabilitation programs administered by the city.

1968: Mahoning County Engineer Samuel Gould Jr. signs a recognition agreement with two labor unions, ending a strike that idled about 160 employees.

The Butler Institute of American Art will close a day to allow institute personnel to attend funeral services for Edward Perkins, institute curator. Perkins had a heart attack while swimming in the Central YMCA pool.

Refrigeration engineers begin making ice at the new 17,000-square-foot rink at the James L. Wick Jr. Recreation Area in Mill Creek Park.

1943: Because of wartime crowding of all buses and the impossibility of obtaining more rolling stock, William H. Muldoon, general manager of Youngstown Municipal Railway Co., turns down a request by veterans organizations that servicemen and women in uniform be allowed to ride free.

Judge Adrian Newcomb, Cuyahoga County, has been assigned to handle the investigation into Youngstown’s gambling, vice and crime. He will head a special grand jury.

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