Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2011. There are 340 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1890: The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.

1915: Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco.

1947: American gangster Al Capone dies in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48.

1961: President John F. Kennedy holds the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.

1971: Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda by ousting President Milton Obote in a military coup.


1986: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-17th, says the federal government should increase taxes, selectively cut spending and develop a more equitable system of distributing general revenue sharing.

The New York Jets hire Jim Vechiarella, a Youngs-town native and YSU graduate, as linebacker coach on Bud Carson’s staff.

1971: The Rev. William P. Slipski announces to the St. Casimer congregation that the North Side Catholic elementary school will be closed.

1961: Rep. Michael J. Kirwan, D-Youngstown, is re-elected chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by acclamation after being nominated by Speaker Sam Rayburn.

1936:Walter G. Jones, state examiner, warns Youngstown merchants to beware fake “inspectors” who are attempting to collect fees for city licenses.

Youngstown’s three hospitals report that icy streets are taking their toll with reports of 91 fractured bones from falls since the start of winter. Not all the victims are elderly, the hospitals say.