Today is Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2019. There are 338 days left in the year.


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

1832: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” under the pen name Lewis Carroll, is born in Cheshire, England.

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.

1973: The Vietnam peace accords are signed in Paris.

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.

1977: The Vatican issues a declaration reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests.

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.”

2009: Saying, “The American people expect action,” President Barack Obama has closed-door meetings with House and Senate Republicans on the eve of a key vote on an economic stimulus package.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike dies in Danvers, Mass., at 76.

2018: A suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul kills more than 100 people.


1994: Youngstown Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro says the city will begin buying land on the city’s East Side for use as the site of a state super-maximum-security prison.

Second Bancorp Inc., parent of Second National Bank of Warren, reports record earnings of $6 million for 1993, an increase of 28 percent from a year earlier.

Carlisle Retailers Inc. of Ashtabula announces it is closing its department store in the Eastwood Mall complex.

1979: A week-old strike by 86 employees of Lawrence County is illegal, says solicitor Frank Verterano because the union did not exhaust collective bargaining procedures before walking out.

Nelson Rockefeller, 70, former New York governor and U.S. vice president who died of a heart attack, made many visits to the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, including a rally at the Youngstown Municipal Airport in July 1968 that attracted 5,000 people.

Clem Renouf of Queens-land, Australia, international president of Rotary International, tells 400 Ohio and Pennsylvania Rotary members at the Sheraton Inn, West Middlesex, Pa., that “Health, Hunger and Humanity” will be the theme of the club’s new program.

1969: Youngstown 5th Ward Councilman Jack C. Hunter proposes a $5 license plate tax that would produce almost $400,000 for city streets, based on 79,460 registered vehicles.

Two youths, Gilbert Pagan and Manuel Davilo, are released after treatment for gunshot wounds following a disturbance at the Playpen on Market Street. Police don’t know what caused the outbreak.

Members of two striking locals at Reactive Metals Inc. vote overwhelmingly to accept new contracts arrived at by union and company representatives in intensive negotiations after a 17-week strike.

1944: Congress continues to debate restrictions on overseas voting by servicemen with Sen. Robert Taft, Ohio Republican, complaining that Democrats would have an advantage because of President Franklin Roosevelt’s name recognition among soldiers. Sen. John Overton, Louisiana Democrat, says “in the solid South we’ve got to retain our state voting qualifications to preserve white supremacy,” which would be undermined if Negro servicemen had free access to the ballot.

A 12-week fight over the election of Ralph O’Neill, Democrat, as mayor of Youngstown nears its end after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Arthur Williams, Republican candidate, cannot contest the election.

Youngstown must extend Fifth Avenue through Stambaugh Golf Course within a year after the war or be found in default of the Stambaugh bequest and lose the 80-acre tract of land. The Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the city’s appeal.

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