Today is Thursday, June 12th, the 163rd day of 2003. There are 202 days left in the year. On this

Today is Thursday, June 12th, the 163rd day of 2003. There are 202 days left in the year. On this date in 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.; he was 37. In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he dies in 2001.
In 1776, Virginia's colonial legislature becomes the first to adopt a Bill of Rights. In 1838, the Iowa Territory is organized. In 1898, Philippine nationalists declare independence from Spain. In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 1963, one of Hollywood's most notoriously expensive productions, "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison, opens in New York. In 1967, the Supreme Court strikes down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1971, Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox are married in the White House Rose Garden. In 1978, David Berkowitz is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings that had terrified New Yorkers. In 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenges Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." In 1991, Russians go to the polls to elect Boris N. Yeltsin president of their republic.
June 12, 1978: Girard Board of Education member Ronald Burke files suit in the 11th District Court of Appeals questioning the right of John Demas to remain on the board after resigning in April. The board refused to accept the resignation, but Burke claims it "was immediate, unconditional and not subject to board approval."
David Berkowitz, the admitted "Son of Sam" killer, is given a prison sentence of 25 years to life by a New York judge.
The Mahoning County Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association dedicates a memorial marker to honor all American soldiers who died defending freedom. The bronze plaque was installed on a stone at the northwest corner of Newport Drive and Market Street on land donated by Dr. John J. McDonough.
June 12, 1963: Four Trumbull County high schools are told they will lose their state charters unless they are consolidated. The districts are Farmington, Southington, Bloomfield and Bristol.
Advertisement: 50-second color comes to Youngstown. Everywhere it's been introduced, reaction to the new Polacolor film has been exciting. The film fits all Polaroid Land cameras. Of course, 10-second black and white film remains in plentiful supply.
A Mahoning County jury awards $90,000 to Mrs. Henry Greenfield, widow of a letter carrier who was killed when struck by a car that had been rammed from behind by an Ohio Bell Telephone Co. truck.
June 12, 1953: Total low bids for the proposed addition and modernizing of St. Elizabeth Hospital run about $1 million more than estimates, says Sister M. Adelaide, hospital superintendent. The bids totaled $4.6 million.
The Citizens Committee for Decency will hire a lawyer to assist Youngstown Police Chief Edward J. Allen in the federal court hearing regarding his campaign against immoral and obscene literature. Donald J. Lewis is committee chairman.
Howard Friend, assistant football coach at Boardman High School, is named football coach by the Boardman Board of Education. He succeeds By Morgan, who has been named football coach at Geneva College.
June 12, 1928: With President Coolidge making it clear he would not accept his party's nomination for re-election as president, the nomination of Herbert Hoover as the Republican standard bearer on the first ballot is virtually assured.
Youngstown radio fans are tuning their sets in on the national GOP convention at Kansas City, reports of which are being broadcast on stations WTAM and KDKA.
Vindicator Sports Editor Frank B. Ward says colleges are apparently becoming sensitive to accusations that athletics interfere with studies. He has received two exhaustive studies, from Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania, showing that students who participate in athletics get better grades than nonathletes.

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