Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1937: A six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ends with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement, in which Stalin agrees to declare war against Imperial Japan after Nazi Germany’s capitulation.
1968: New York City’s fourth and current Madison Square Garden opens with a “Salute to the USO” hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
1979:Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran.
1990: South African black activist Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in captivity.
2012: Pop singer Whitney Houston, 48, is found dead in a hotel room bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif.
2013: Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation.
2018: Singer Vic Damone, who possessed what Frank Sinatra once called “the best pipes in the business,” dies in Florida at the age of 89.
1994: Youngstown officials are restructuring city loans totaling $1.2 million made to the B&O Station restaurant, with the hope that the eatery’s owners will eventually buy out the city’s interest in the venture.
Frank Blankenship, superintendent of Beaver Local Schools in Columbiana County, says weather has forced him to cancel classes a dozen times and to order two-hour delays seven times. “And we’ve still got a ways to go.”
Citing Warren’s poor financial condition and the rising cost of liability insurance, a group of city officials and residents recommends that the city not attempt to refurbish the Packard Park pool or build a new pool.
1979: Bazetta Township Trustee Richard Williams, brother of U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, ponders challenging Orval Waldron for chairmanship of the Trumbull County Republican Party
State Rep. Thomas J. Carney, D-Boardman, chairman of the House State Government Committee, intends to resurrect legislation that would give the state attorney general the authority to call local grand juries to investigate organized crime and public corruption. Similar legislation had died in the committee when state Rep. Michael Del Bane was chairman and when House Speaker Verne Riffe opposed the legislation.
Dr. John Coffelt, president of Youngstown State University, warns that the YSU board likely will be required to increase tuition from the present yearly charge of $630 to $795, the minimum recommendation of the state Board of Regents.
1969: The Liberty Education Association approves a new contract that will increase the salary for a starting teacher from $5,600 to $6,100 a year.
Youngstown’s failure to pass a school levy for the public schools at six elections receives nationwide TV exposure on NBC’s “Laugh In.” The city received the show’s Fickle Finger of Fate Award.
Damage is expected to exceed $10,000 from a fire which broke out in the Mausoleum at Belmont Park Cemetery. Liberty Fire Chief Martin Duffy and Capt. George Patterson will look for the cause of the fire.
1944: Lt. Victor L. Ramsey, 25, of Youngstown is believed among the 24 people who died when an American Airlines plane plunged into the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn.
Four Rayen School students debate various plans for world peace at the second annual Junior Town Hall Meeting of the Air broadcast over WFMJ: Mary Jane Sill, Ted Neville, William Bachop and David Secrest.
The Mahoning Valley Furniture Dealers’ Association auctioned off about $2,000 worth of furniture for $62,200 from the stage of the Palace Theater, with a baby buggy going with a $200 bond and a rug with $10,000 in bonds. The money will go to the county’s Fourth Bond Drive.