Today is Saturday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2018. There are 338 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1756: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Salzburg, Austria.

1880: Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

1943: Some 50 bombers strike Wilhelmshaven in the first all-American air raid against Germany during World War II.

1945: During World War II, Soviet troops liberate the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

1951: An era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert begins as an Air Force plane drops a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flat.

1967: Astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee die in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft.

1973: The Vietnam peace accords are signed in Paris.

1984: Singer Michael Jackson suffers serious burns to his scalp when pyrotechnics set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi-Cola TV commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

1998: First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, on NBC’s “Today” show, charges the sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, President Bill Clinton, are the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”


1993: The membership of Oak Tree Country Club is interested in buying the club that is located in Shenango Township and is in foreclosure to First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

Youngstown’s John Antonucci is fired as chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies National League baseball team. Antonucci and Phar-Mor’s Michael Monus put together the package that got Denver its expansion franchise in 1991.

Elizabeth M. Brown, 82, vice president of The Vindicator Printing Co. and WFMJ-TV, dies at Beeghly Oaks in Boardman after a month’s illness. She was a 1927 graduate of The Rayen School and held a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

1978: Powerful winds snap an 80-foot wooden pole with a bank of 20 lights at the McKinley High stadium in Niles.

Ohio Edison crews brave single-digit temperatures and brisk winds to repair fallen lines throughout the area. Some 200 people whose homes lost power have taken refuge in shelters throughout the area.

A gunman fires four shots at Struthers Councilmen Terry Stocker and Robert Carcelli as they returned home after closing their business, the Sportspage Cafe.

1968: The Rev. John Paul Ashton, a native of Youngstown who has been on the faculty of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., will become principal of Ursuline High School.

Seaman Robert W. Hill Jr., 19, of Ellwood City, Pa., is a crewman on the hijacked intelligence ship USS Pueblo being held in Wonsan Harbor in North Korea.

Burglars ransack the house of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sauers, Diana Drive, Poland. They flee with $1,900 worth of jewelry.

1943: Mayor William Spagnola signs an ordinance authorizing purchase of a $20,000 aerial ladder truck for the fire department from the city’s civilian defense fund.

Production of much-critical war material is virtually suspended at the Commercial Shearing & Stamping Co.’s Logan Avenue plant by a strike.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s recent trip to North Africa makes him the “travelingest” president in history, ahead of William Howard Taft who held the record.

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