Today is Friday, July 8, the 189th day of 2005. There are 176 days left in the year. On this date in 1776, Col. John Nixon gives the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.
In 1663, King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island. In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese. In 1889, The Wall Street Journal is first published. In 1891, Warren G. Harding marries Florence K. DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio. In 1919, President Wilson receives a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France. In 1947, demolition work begins in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations. In 1950, Gen. Douglas MacArthur is named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. In 1975, President Ford announces he would seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1976. In 1993, a jury in Boise, Idaho, acquits white separatist Randy Weaver and a co-defendant of slaying a federal marshal in a shootout at a remote mountain cabin. In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, dies at age 82.
July 8, 1980: Trumbull County motel owners complain that a 2.5 percent motel tax enacted by Trumbull County commissioners to fund a visitors and convention bureau is taxation without representation.
RMI Inc., the Niles-headquartered titanium producer, dedicates a $3.5 million addition to its Ashtabula metals-reduction plant that will add about 25 percent to the company's sponge facilities.
Two men whose cases were dismissed by Mahoning County Area Court Judge Jack A Lipari testify that they paid bribes to the judge's bailiff to get out of trouble.
Youngstown will face a realignment of its ward boundaries and might lose some federal financial aid because of the sharp decline in its population from 140,909 to 112,146 in a decade.
July 8, 1965: Jack S. Andrews, past president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, receives a Century Medallion, one of the first presented in Ohio, for his service to the organization. The Salvation Army is celebrating its 100th anniversary nationally and 81 years in Youngstown.
Fourteen Youngstown youths are among 32 appearing in court in Ashtabula County to answer disorderly conduct charges in connection with rioting in Geneva-on-the-Lake July Fourth weekend.
Only one citizen, a representative of the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce, attends a hearing on Youngstown's $17.3 million budget being proposed for 1966.
July 8, 1955: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown leads a successful fight to kill a project that he labeled "a private ship canal for the U.S. Steel Corp." The $6 million project would have dredged the Upper Delaware River from Philadelphia to Trenton to a depth of 40 feet.
An eight-year-old boy visiting from Minnesota admits to police that he set fire to a seat in the Strand Theater on Central Square. Damage was estimated at only $50, but police were challenged to keep rush hour traffic moving around the fire equipment.
Construction begins on a $1 million warehouse for the Tamarkin Co. on N. Meridian Road.
July 8, 1930: James A. Campbell, chairman of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co., says he "takes full responsibility" for the proposed merger with Bethlehem Steel Corp., a measure that he said would protect the interests of Sheet & amp; Tube, its stockholders and employees.
More than 100 floats created by South Side merchants are ready for a gala parade, which will be part of the South Side Day celebration at Idora Park.
More than 500 boys attend the first meeting of the Do Right Club, sponsored by the RKO Palace theater and The Vindicator. Johnny Downs, former member of the "Our Gang" comedies, makes a personal appearance on stage at the start of the meeting.