Today is Monday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2005. There are 173 days left in the year. On this date in 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy is dedicated at its temporary quarters, Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps is formally re-established by a congressional act that also creates the U.S. Marine Band. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J. In 1934, President Roosevelt becomes the first chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal. In 1977, the Medal of Freedom is awarded posthumously to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab makes a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia. In 1980, American hostage Richard I. Queen, freed by Iran after eight months of captivity because of poor health, leaves Tehran for Switzerland. In 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 4,000 batters as he fans Danny Heep of the New York Mets.
July 11, 1980: The East Ohio Gas Co. is granted a $34.5 million rate increase by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which is about half of what the company requested.
The Mahoning County Community Improvement Corp. approves issuance of $6.5 million in low-interest revenue bonds to finance the purchase of Jones & amp; Laughlin Steel Corp's Youngstown and Indianapolis specialty steel plants by a Jamestown, N.Y., holding company.
July 11, 1965: Mahoning Ave. from Meridian Road to Belle Vista Ave. will be closed to all traffic for five hours for the running of the 1965 Youngstown Soap Box Derby.
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July 11, 1955:Sharon Steel Corp. will spend $13.5 million for a new 44-inch blooming mill at its Roemer Division in Farrell, Henry A. Roemer, board chairman, announces.
Youngstown Police Chief Paul H. Cress plans no disciplinary action against three city policemen accused of beating a Yellow Cab Co. driver. Cress said he talked with the cabbie and the three patrolmen and feels there were & quot;honest mistakes made on both sides. & quot;
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July 11, 1930: Two Penn-Ohio bus drivers thwart a robbery outside the bus parking station on Oak Hill Ave., when on driver kicks the bandit, giving the second driver time to pull his revolver and shoot him. The bandit is in St. Elizabeth Hospital under a police guard with a bullet wound of the shoulder.
Gus Gregorovetz, 58, of Campbell is overcome by heat while working at the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. and dies in South Side Hospital.