Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2004. There are 310 days left in the year. On this

Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2004. There are 310 days left in the year. On this date in 1793, the department heads of the U.S. government meet with President Washington at his home for the first Cabinet meeting on record.
In 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicates England's Queen Elizabeth I. In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patents his revolver. In 1901, United States Steel Corp. is incorporated by J.P. Morgan. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, is declared in effect. In 1943, during World War II, U.S. troops reoccupy the Kasserine Pass. In 1948, Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia. In 1964, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) becomes world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. In 1973, the Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opens at Broadway's Shubert Theater. In 1986, President Ferdinand E. Marcos flees the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumes the presidency. In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans are killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hits a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
February 25, 1979: A multi-million dollar expansion program and a new concept in car production may be in the works for the early 1980s at the General Motors complex in Lordstown. The project would be geared to the small car revolution underway in the auto industry.
The long-range implications of the Iranian situation concern Dr. Taghi T. Kermani, a YSU economics professor, even more than the short-term problems that may be caused. If the Soviet Union gains access to the Persian Gulf through Iran, it would have access to all Arabian oil-producing countries, which would be trouble for the United States.
The RMI Co. of Weathersfield Township and three other titanium producers will face trial in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on charges of conducting a price fixing conspiracy from 1970 to 1976.
February 25, 1964: Richard Petty matches his father, Lee's, accomplishment, winning the Daytona 500 stock car race, driving a Plymouth at an average record speed of 154.3 miles an hour.
A plan to redevelop McGuffey Heights will be formulated by the city within 60 days, City Engineer J. Phillip Richley and Planning Director Donald Wagner, tell residents of Youngstown's North Side.
Some 190 Catholic priests from five Youngstown Diocese counties meet in St. Patrick School, Youngstown, to hear Auxiliary Bishop James W. Malone explain how the diocese will introduce English and greater lay participation in the Mass over a three-month period beginning March 1.
February 25, 1954: Work on an Ohio Turnpike bridge over Lake Meander is crippled by a strike of trucker owner-operators of the Eastern Ohio Consolidated Dump Truck Operators Association. The Bero Construction Co. of Buffalo had been rushing work on the bridge to take advantage of low water levels.
Youngstown Mayor Frank Kryzan warns that the district's water supply problems are becoming acute because of the long drought and consideration is being given to water rationing.
Eleven Campbell gamblers are fined a total of $3,050 and costs by Mayor Michael J. Kovach after pleading guilty to various charges.
February 25, 1929: With the merger of the Moyer Manufacturing Co. of N. Walnut Street and the Pants Store Co. of St. Louis, Mo., Youngstown will become the headquarters of a $500,000 company. Sidney Moyer, secretary, says $150,000 will be spent to remodel and equip the Moyer Building.
An attempt to rescue his playthings from the burning home of his grandparents cost Bobby Carroll, aged 4, his life at Millbrook near Mercer. The blaze originated in a defective flue and flames enveloped the home of Mr. and Mrs. Newton Carroll. The boy apparently ran back into the house unnoticed during the confusion after his grandmother carried him to safety.
Angelo Patri, one of the leading educators of the United States, will speak on "The School and Its Children" under the auspices of the Big Brother Movement and on "Growth and Discipline" at Stambaugh Auditorium.