21 WFMJ archives / February 3, 1984 | James Meredith, a living legend of the civil rights battles of the 1960s, opened Youngstown State University’s Black History Month 40 years ago. Meredith, the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962, called on black people to take control of the next era in the fight for equality. Seated is YSU art professor Al Bright.

February 4

1999: A federal grand jury in Cleveland indicts Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance on public corruption charges. Chance is expected to turn himself in when he returns from Florida, where he attended the Super Bowl. Local brokers say the upcoming sale of Delphi Automotive Systems stock has caught the eye of some local investors but hasn't sparked the "mania" that surrounded Home Savings & Loan Co.'s recent initial stock sale. 

Salem Schools Superintendent Randy Engles says the district is canceling the overnight trip to the Youngstown YMCA's Camp Fitch on Lake Erie by fifth graders that had been a 20-year tradition. The camp hosts 7,000 students from 90 school districts in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties each year.  

1984: The Mahoning County Board of Elections, which gave an electronic voting system a trial run in November, votes to return to using the old mechanical machines for the May primaries. Republicans Bill Binning and Ruth Lindesmith questioned the $289,000 cost of a new system and outvoted the only Democrat at the meeting, Atty. Don L. Hanni Jr. 

King Hussein of Jordan arrives at the Cleveland Clinic for treatment of an intestinal ulcer.

The Mahoning Valley Chiefs of Police Association asks Ohio Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze to open a crime laboratory in the tri-county area. 

1974: Some 350 men of the Ohio National Guard 437th Military Police Battalion at Youngstown are among 900 Guardsmen activated to patrol Northeast Ohio highways to protect truck drivers from violence by independent strikers. 

Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski says he has no intention of turning over his Watergate investigatory material to the House Judiciary Committee. He says the material was prepared for a grand jury, and he has no authority to share them.

Dawn Elizabeth Japuncha of Warren is crowned "Little Miss Steel Valley" during a pageant sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

1949: Thousands of Youngstown homeowners suffer inconvenience, discomfort, and property damage virtually every time it rains because badly needed improvements are not being made in the city's antiquated drainage system. 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered three strokes, one as early as 1938, before a fourth one ended his life in 1945, says Dr. Karl C. Wold. 

A resolution adopted at the Ohio Pastors Conference in Columbus calls for the removal of sheriffs who do not do their duty in enforcing laws against gambling.