Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2002. There are 167 days left in the year. On this date in 1981, 114 people were killed when a pair of walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a "tea dance."
In 1821, Spain cedes Florida to the United States. In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, Spanish troops in Santiago, Cuba, surrender to U.S. forces. In 1917, the British royal family adopts the name "Windsor." In 1938, aviator Douglas Corrigan takes off from New York, saying he is headed for California; he ends up in Ireland, earning the nickname "Wrong Way Corrigan." In 1944, 322 people are killed when a pair of ammunition ships explode in Port Chicago, Calif. Most of them were blacks who were loading the ships. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill begin meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II. In 1955, Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Calif. In 1975, an Apollo spaceship docks with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind. In 1979, Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza resigns and flees into exile in Miami.
July 17, 1977: The U.S. Steel Corp. is undertaking a multi-million dollar repair and rehabilitation of its sinter plant to reduce air pollution. Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. is installing millions of dollars of sophisticated air pollution equipment at its Brier Hill plant.
A cloudburst, accompanied by high winds and lightning, strikes the Youngstown area, knocking down trees, cutting power and forcing the temporary closing of the 34th Youngstown Charity Horse Show.
George Rock, 85, is retiring as a barber in Youngstown after a 70-year career. Rock's shop is at 1365 Oak St., in what was once a gas station.
July 17, 1962: A 60-year-old Youngstown bartender, Dominick Moio, is being held by Youngstown police for questioning in the bombing death of Billy Naples July 1.
At least 15 persons are injured, none seriously, when a rack of fireworks ignites accidentally and stampedes a crowd of onlookers at the festival of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Summit St. in Youngstown.
One of seven Hubbard girls will reign over the 1962 Hubbard Homecoming parade. They are Helen Veach, Elaine Lowry, Bernice Praznik, Jane Craig, Juanita Merwin, Lona Pastore and Delores Burrows.
July 17, 1952: Dr. Joseph H. Lloyd, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a minister whose daily life reflected what he preached on Sunday and one of the leading Welsh clergymen in the United States, dies at North Side Hospital. He was 70.
Youngstown telephone subscri bers are receiving letters from the Ohio Bell Telephone Co. notifying them of the new exchange names that will go into effect in May 1953. Youngstown exchanges will be Riverside, Plaza and Sweetbrier. Boardman will be Sterling.
Vice squad officials begin notifying by mail some 590 local liquor permit holders to obtain placards warning the city's youth that they are subject to arrest and fines for falsifying their ages to obtain liquor.
July 17, 1927: Seranus A. Lengel, former chief of the Canton police department, is found guilty of the murder of Don R. Mellett, Canton editor, one year to a day from the time Mellett was shot down by a hired gunman in the driveway of his home.
One of the most elaborate displays of fireworks witnessed in this vicinity for some time is presented at Lowellville as a climax to the two-day celebration of the feast of Mt. Carmel.
Ken Pickering, coach of Memorial High for seven years, is tendered a farewell banquet by the Campbell Alumni Association. Pickering is joining the staff of the Rayen School in Youngstown.