Today is Sunday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2005. There are 125 days left in the year. On this date in 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, is abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman. He is found brutally murdered three days later. (Two men charged with Till's murder -- Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam -- are acquitted at trial. They later confess in a magazine article to beating and shooting Till.)
In 1609, Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay. In 1774, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint, is born in New York City. In 1916, Italy's declaration of war against Germany takes effect during World War I. In 1917, 10 suffragists are arrested as they picket the White House. In 1947, legendary bullfighter Manolete is mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain; he dies the following day at age 30. In 1963, 200,000 people participate in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clash in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominates Hubert H. Humphrey for president. In 1973, more than 520 people die as an earthquake shakes central Mexico. In 1988, 70 people are killed when three Italian stunt planes collide during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany. In 1995, a mortar shell tears through a crowded market in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, killing 38 people and triggering NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs. In 2004, the U.S. men's basketball team wins the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the Athens Games.
August 28, 1980: Forty-one Youngstown area residents on a AAA tour to Reno and Lake Tahoe are among the 3,000 guests hustled out of Harvey's Resort Hotel-Casino when a huge bomb was detonated on the hotel's second floor.
A 19-year-old Farrell man escapes from the Mercer County Regional Prison by scaling a fence. It was the third escape from the minimum security lock-up.
Youngstown Mayor George Vukovich asks the state auditor's office to scrutinize the city's books to confirm the administration's contention that the layoff of city employees is necessary.
August 28, 1965: A South Side woman scares off a burglar from her Breaden Street home after firing a shot at the intruder, who had raided a basement freezer and was prowling through the home.
The Girard Athletic Boosters are selling football season tickets at a cost of $4.50 for five home games.
McGuffey Day, sponsored by McGuffey Center, is a tremendous success with more than 3,500 people participating in a variety of activities, including a parade and a dance.
The recently dedicated St. Luke Church complex spreads out over 15 acres off South Avenue and includes a 14-room school, a rectory and a temporary church. The rectory includes suites for four priests, two housekeepers and two guests.
August 28, 1955: A Rosalind Russell movie that nearly missed its Connecticut premier because of Hurricane Diane's floods will be previewed in Youngstown as a benefit for flood victims. "The Girl Rush" will be shown at the Palace Theatre with an admission price of $1 or more.
Raiders armed with a search warrant enter Vince DeNiro's coffee shop on Rt. 422, but find no one gambling. Saturday results of baseball games were posted on a large scoreboard and a baseball ticker tape clicked away, but no gamblers were found.
On the 35th anniversary of woman's suffrage, Vindicator Reporter Charles McCarry interviews Elizabeth Hauser, 82, in her Girard home. With the late Harriet Taylor Upton of Warren, Miss Hauser was one of the area's most determined fighters for a woman's right to vote.
Eddie Feigner is bringing his four-man softball team to Idora Park where they will face the Sons of Italy team. The only concession the local team must make to the four-man squad known as the King and his Court is a gentleman's agreement not to bunt.
August 28, 1930: The court of appeals reverses the conviction of Tilby Smith, 28, of Ashtabula, who was convicted of plotting the murder of his wife so that he might run away with another woman, on the grounds that his constitutional right to waive trial by jury was violated. He had been scheduled to die in the electric chair Oct. 29.
The bitter battle over whether Youngstown's vice squad shall be a civilian organization or a special police squad directly under the police chief is punted back to city council with the proposal by Councilman Harry Crawford of an ordinance to abolish the squad.
Councilman William Lamb demands that city employees driving city cars observe boulevard stops and traffic lights the same as any other motorists. Lamb says he has received numbers complaints of city employees crashing traffic signals, endangering other motorists.
Unemployment in Mahoning County is reported at 2.5 percent, equal to the Ohio average, but less than that reported in most of the state's other population centers.
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