Today is Friday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2019. There are 354 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: Alabama becomes the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.

1913: The first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, goes on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

1935: Aviator Amelia Earhart begins an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that makes her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.

1963: The Beatles’ single “Please Please Me” is released.

1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issues “Smoking and Health,” which concludes that “cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate.”

2003: Calling the death penalty process “arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan commutes the sentences of 167 condemned inmates.

2014: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 85, dies.


1994: Youngstown Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro tells state prison officials that the city will provide free land and incentives worth $300,000 if the state chooses a city site for its $60 million super-max prison.

Youngstown State University Trustee Martin O’Conner and his wife file a $1.25 million law suit against the university over injuries they suffered when struck by a YSU pickup truck while crossing Fifth Avenue after a Penguins football game.

Spirex Corp. in Boardman is purchasing new state-of-the-art equipment that is expected to create 27 full-time jobs and expand the company’s markets.

1979: The Ohio Senate officially recognizes former football coach Woody Hayes “for his many years of faithful service to The Ohio State University,” with only one senator voicing a “no” vote, Sen. Harry Meshel of Youngstown. “I like Woody Hayes, but not his behavior,” Meshel said. Hayes was fired for striking a Clemson player in the Gator Bowl.

The National Weather Service reports a record low for the date of -5 degrees at the Youngstown Municipal Airport. Salem residents report -12.

Some 50 Youngstown area pediatricians and child care specialists attend opening ceremonies for a new pediatric special care unit at Tod Babies and Children’s Hospital.

1969: A 12-member advisory committee is named to examine the curriculum of Choffin Vocational Center of the Youngstown City School District.

Salem Police Chief Martin Lutsch Jr. announces that a 16-year-old boy has confessed to flooding the senior high school Dec. 13 by uncoiling fire hoses along the corridors.

Police search for three masked gunmen who bound a South Side physician, Dr. Fred Lamprich, robbed him of a large amount of cash, narcotics and personal articles and then drove off in his 1968 Chrysler.

1944: Sheriff Ralph Elser directs 12 deputies in raids on seven of the most notorious houses of prostitution in Youngstown and Campbell. Eight people, including a madam and a male customer, are held for questioning.

Three Youngstown-area men who identified themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses are convicted in federal court in Cleveland of violating selective service law by refusing to report for induction. They are John Fashamk, 19; Mike Kiktavi, 20, and John Zovich, 19.

The Rev. Joseph S. O’Connell, O.P., pastor of St. Dominic Church, says that children need close supervision and a few old fashioned spankings rather than hugs and kisses to serve them better.

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