Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2019. There are 321 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1633: Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition, accused of defending Copernican theory that the Earth revolved around the sun instead of the other way around.

1861: Abraham Lincoln is officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.

1943: During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established.

1996: The rock musical “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson, opens off-Broadway.

2013: Beginning a long farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his final public Mass as pontiff at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

2016: Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, is found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas; he was 79.

2017: President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns after reports he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia.


1994: Ronald Anderson, CEO of Sharpsville Quality Products, says employees will hold controlling interest of the company that bought out the defunct ingot-mold foundry formerly known as Shenango Inc.

About 250 fans of Star Trek immerse themselves in the culture of the popular television series at “Elbacon ’94,” a convention at the Holiday Inn MetroPlex in Liberty sponsored by the USS Renegade, a club for Trek fans in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

John Walker’s hard-fought 5-4 victory over Ben Hahlen of Jackson- Milton helps Howland capture team laurels in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Tournament in Hubbard.

1979: The Poland Board of Education votes to place a 1-mill levy on the June ballot for a bond issue to build an athletic facility at the high school on Dobbins Road.

The Newton Falls Board of Education is warned that the school district faces the loss of accreditation because of inadequate high school facilities.

Johnnie Mae Powell, 59, is killed in a freak accident in which her neck became trapped between a wall and a door that was pinned fast by a fallen washing machine at her apartment in Westlake Terrace.

1969: Capt. Thomas David Parham Jr., a chaplain and highest ranked Negro in the Navy, tells Youngstown State University students that “authority is the only answer to chaos.” Capt. Parham was pastor of Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church in Youngstown before joining the Navy in 1950.

Ohio’s new attorney general, Paul Brown of Youngstown, plans a double-barreled attack on crimes in the streets. He proposes a student patrol to keep peace on Ohio college campuses and a citizen unit on part-time pay as neighborhood peacekeepers.

Charlene Hilton, a senior at Chaney High School, is elected Sweetheart of the Youngstown-Akron-Canton District of distributive education.

1944: Albert Ortenzio and Frances Palotsee, Youngstown College students, portray Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross at the Fourth War Loan rally at the college.

Paul Gallico, noted author and once the world’s highest paid sports reporter, will speak on “Are Women Attractive to Men” at the annual Ladies Night banquet of the Mahoning County Foreman’s Association at the YMCA.

Protesting state-approved deferments for single and childless married men in the county’s steel mills, Selective Service Board 7 has notified Columbus that it will draft no fathers from non-war industries until single and childless married men are released from deferment.