Today is Wednesday, July 6, the 187th day of 2005. There are 178 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, President Truman signs an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.
In 1535, Sir Thomas More is executed in England for treason. In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces capture Fort Ticonderoga. In 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party takes place in Jackson, Mich. In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence capture the port of Aqaba from the Turks. In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.
July 6, 1980: Preliminary 1980 census figures show Youngstown's population dropped by 28,000, to about 113,000, since the 1970 census. In 1950, the population was 168,330.
In Mahoning County, only four women hold jobs of principals and three are assistant high school principals. Six of those are in Youngstown. In Mahoning County, excluding the city, there are about 80 principals, but the only woman is an assistant high school principal in Boardman.
Federal investigators probing former U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney issue subpoenas for former officials and records of the National Oil Jobbers Council, a Washington trade association once headed by the president of the Lyden Oil Co. of Youngstown.
July 6, 1965: WFMJ increases its television picture power to one million watts, extending its range to 60 miles. The station had been operating at 186,000 watts.
Traffic deaths in the nation set a record for a three-day Fourth of July weekend at 542 dead. Ohio was second in the nation with 36. Youngstown and Mahoning County had no highway deaths during the holiday.
U.S. Army demolition experts are called in to examine three sticks of dynamite attached to a 6-foot fuse found on the front steps of a medical building at 3839 Loveland Road. A dentist and three physicians have offices in the building.
July 6, 1955: Thomas A. Green Jr., a native of Youngstown, is named deputy clerk of the U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
Thousands of Youngstowners braved the 94-degree heat to take advantage of post-July 4 sales in downtown Youngstown department stores. Department store managers say sales for the day reached record highs, thanks to the area's good economy.
Gov. Frank J. Lausche vetoes a bill to allow experimental shooting of quail on state-owned lands, the eighth time in recent weeks that the governor has used the veto pen.
July 6 1930: Thousands of spectators watch as George L. Stathakis, a 46-year-old chef, rides to his death in a barrel over Niagara Falls. No trace of Stathakis or the wood-and-steel barrel he constructed himself could be found. Since 1901, three persons have survived plunges over the falls in various conveyances.
Youngstown City Council appears ready to abandon a proposed special bond issue suggested for the November ballot by Mayor Joseph Heffernan to help alleviate unemployment in the city.