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On this date in:

A.D. 814: Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne dies in Aachen in present-day Germany.

1547: England’s King Henry VIII dies; he is succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.

1878: The first daily college newspaper, Yale News (now Yale Daily News), begins publication in New Haven, Conn.

1915: The United States Coast Guard is created as President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service.

1939: Irish poet-dramatist William Butler Yeats dies in Menton, France.

1945: During World War II, Allied supplies begin reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

1956: Elvis Presley makes his first national TV appearance on “Stage Show,” a CBS program hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

1973: A cease-fire officially goes into effect in the Vietnam War, a day after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords by the United States, North Vietnam and South Vietnam.

1978: Fire sweeps through the historic downtown Coates House hotel in Kansas City, Mo., killing 20 people.

1980: Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran fly out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.

1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

1988: A 13-day standoff in Marion, Utah, between police and a polygamist clan ends in gunfire that kills a state corrections officer, Fred House, and seriously wounds the group’s leader, Addam Swapp, who ended up serving more than 25 years behind bars.

1999: Ford Motor Co. announces it is buying the Volvo car division in a $6.45 billion deal. (Ford ends up selling the Volvo unit in 2010 to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for $1.8 billion.)

2008: President George W. Bush, in his last State of the Union address, urges passage of an economic stimulus package and asks Americans to remain patient with the long, grinding war in Iraq.

In a daring ambush, Iraqi insurgents blast a U.S. patrol with a roadside bomb and showers survivors with gunfire from a mosque in Mosul; five American soldiers are killed in the explosion.

Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy leads two generations of his family in endorsing fellow Democrat Barack Obama for the White House.

2013: Leading Democratic and Republican senators pledge to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer, providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally. (Although the Senate passed such a measure, it encountered opposition from House Republicans who insisted on a more limited approach.)

Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers enter the fabled city of Timbuktu after al-Qaida-linked militants who had ruled the outpost by fear for nearly 10 months flee into the desert.

2017: A federal judge in New York issues an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Historian Timothy B. Tyson, author of a book on the 1955 Emmett Till lynching case, reveals that Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman at the center of the trial of Till’s alleged (later admitted) killers, acknowledged in 2008 that she had falsely testified that Till made physical and verbal threats toward her.

Serena Williams wins her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, defeating her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open.


1993: Reaction from congressmen from the Mahoning and Shenango valleys to President Bill Clinton’s plan to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military range from strong opposition to support. U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. hasn’t yet expressed his position.

Pennsylvania Rolling Mill Inc. in New Castle, which filed for bankruptcy in 1990, reopens as New Castle Rolling Mills Inc. with Wolfgang Jansen, a former Sharon Steel executive, as president.

A 5-foot fiberglass “Our Lady of Grace” statue valued at $5,000 is reported taken from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Warren.

1978: A National Guard front-end loader is used to dig out cars that were abandoned during the blizzard on County Line Road in Austintown.

Ohio’s blizzard is easing as rescuers reach marooned motorists, power is restored to many homes and 23 Army helicopters churn over snow-covered ground. There are 18 confirmed deaths attributed to the storms.

The U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission rejects a sex discrimination complaint filed by Kristina Humenuk, who took a Civil Service test in 1975 hoping to become Niles’ first female police officer.

1968: More than 200 Youngstown public school administrators and teachers, social workers and interested residents discuss the problems of inner-city public schools during a day-long seminar at Youngstown State University.

Donald Baer, Churchill Road, Girard, helps develop the “Vigilite” lamp monitoring system that helped Packard Electric Division of General Motors win the 1968 Motor Trend Achievement Award.

Fruit Avenue, Farrell, Pa., once known as the Street of Churches, will lose two congregations: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church merges with St. Christopher’s Episcopal, and St. Paul’s Lutheran merges with Calvary Lutheran.

1943: James M. Hairston, 18, is shot and killed in Liberty Road after he broke away from three captors who stopped him as he was fleeing from the scene of a burglary. One of the men, Roy Cheatham, said he shouted “stop or I’ll shoot,” and when Hairston didn’t stop, Cheatham fired.

Piloting a Flying Fortress named “Butch” (his wife’s nickname), 1st Lt. Robert A. Saunders of Youngstown takes part in the daylight raid over Wilhelmshaven, Germany, in the first bombing of Germany by an exclusively U.S. air force.

Proprietors will be arrested any place where marble boards are found ready for operation, says Police Sgt. William Davis as vice raiders seized two more boards.

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