Today is Saturday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005. There are 175 days left in the year. On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence is read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.
In 1540, England's King Henry VIII has his six-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled. In 1755, British Gen. Edward Braddock is mortally wounded as his troops suffer a massive defeat during the French and Indian War (he dies four days later). In 1816, Argentina declares independence from Spain. In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, dies after serving only 16 months of his term. In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivers his famous "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1918, 101 people are killed in a train collision in Nashville, Tenn.
July 9, 1980: Heavy rains trigger the collapse of a coal mine shaft in the backyard of a home at 103 Avondale Ave., Youngstown, leaving a hole 20 feet wide and about 70 feet deep.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is canceling a $87,000 grant to McNicholas Transportation Co. for a new $4.1 million terminal because the company has not yet arranged private financing.
Paine Webber and Commuter Aircraft Corp. have begun discussions on the brokerage house's role in securing a $30 million loan for CAC's $46 million airplane assembly plant at Youngstown Municipal Airport.
July 9, 1965: An alert Hubbard patrolman is praised by Youngstown police for solving a tragic Youngstown hit-skip traffic death. After Youngstown police broadcast a description of a red pick-up truck, Patrolman Rodney Wales remembered seeing a truck being driven by a township man heading toward his house in a direction away from the accident. Wales went to the man's house and found damage on the truck consistent with the accident that killed 11-year-old Frank Gregerace on Coitsville-Hubbard Road.
Bill D. Moyers, the new White House press secretary, pledges that he will be "opening the doors to the news as wide as they can be opened." Moyers, 31, takes over the $28,500-a-year job as President Johnson's chief spokesman from George E. Reedy.
Walter H. Paul announces his retirement from active duties of management but will remain as chairman of the board and a director of the Isaly Dairy Co.
July 9, 1955: About 3,000 circus fans are in the West Ave. yards of the Pennsylvania Railroad when 53 elephants are unloaded and marched to the Meridian Ave. show grounds for the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus.
John F. Jones of Hubbard, an Ohio Edison lineman, is electrocuted while attempting to repair a 4,160-volt line on Cascade Drive that was knocked down during a storm. Three other area men were injured by lightning strikes during the violent storm.
Police Chief Paul H. Cress is investigating a complaint that three intoxicated city policemen beat a Yellow Cab Co. driver when he attempted to stop them from bullying an Erie Railroad watchman.
July 9, 1930: After James A. Campbell, president of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co., testifies that opponents of a merger with Bethlehem Steel Corp. are delaying construction of a $12 million sheet mill at the Brier Hill Plant, Cyrus Eaton of Cleveland offers to buy 100,000 shares of Sheet & amp; Tube stock at $120 a share to finance the mill. Campbell rejects the offer.
H.J. Craytor, an Erie Railroad freight conductor, is killed when a passenger train ploughs into the caboose of a freight train in the P & amp;LE yards near Queen St. None of the other crewmen or passengers is injured.
Mahoning County Prosecutor Ray L. Thomas announces that five men have been arrested in the theft of blank payroll checks from Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. and the forging of $5,000 worth of checks that were passed in area businesses.