Today is Thursday, July 14, the 195th day of 2005. There are 170 days left in the year. On this date in 1789, during the French Revolution, citizens of Paris storm the Bastille prison and release the seven prisoners inside.
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry relays to Japanese officials a letter from former President Fillmore, requesting trade relations. In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias Billy the Kid, is shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M. In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, are outlawed. In 1965, the American space probe Mariner 4 flies by Mars, sending back photographs of the planet. In 1965, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. dies in London at age 65. In 1966, eight student nurses are murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.
July 14, 1980: Two of the Mahoning Valley's delegates to the Republican National Convention, Jack Hunter and Elsie Dieter, say they prefer Jack Kemp as a running mate for Ronald Reagan, who was assured of the presidential nomination before the convention opened.
A new device being placed on the tower at WFMJ-TV will provide better reception to Mahoning Valley viewers of WNEO-TV, Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio.
An explosion that investigators believe was set by an arsonist sends flames roaring through Magnum Performance Sales Inc., causing $170,000 damage and threatening to destroy two race cars before firemen extinguished the blaze.
July 14, 1965: Business is so good that Hynes Steel Products Co. of Oakwood Ave., Youngstown, and its two affiliates will skip the usual two-week summer vacation shutdown, says John F. Hynes, company chairman.
Prospective buyers of Elm School have a month to file bids at the Youngstown Board of Education for purchase of the property. Youngstown University is expected to make a bid.
A radioactive cobalt pill dropped by an X-ray technician at the Youngstown Steel Tank Co. results in the entire second shift of workers being sent home. A technician is being observed closely for possible radiation injury. X-rays are used to inspect welds in high-pressure vessels.
July 14, 1955: The last two members of the notorious Boyes Brothers gang, wanted locally for the stickup of a Kinsman supermarket, are arrested in El Paso, Texas, by FBI agents.
The Ohio Senate adopts a resolution indicating the state's intent to accept a gift of a mansion in Bexley for use as the governor's mansion. The 18-room home is being offered by Mrs. Jeanette Harris of Chicago, who said her mother, the late Florence Carlile, wanted it to be given to the state.
The Youngstown Federation of Women's Clubs holds its annual garden party at the Jerold-Jean Farm in Woodworth. Several hundred women attend one of the area's loveliest summer affairs, which was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Jerold S. Meyer.
July 14, 1930: Roger Widing, a messenger for the South Side branch of the City Savings & amp; Trust Co., is kidnapped and robbed of $2,000 by two armed men shortly before noon.
In one of her first acts as mayor of Lake Milton Village, Pennola Jones, 66, decrees that dancing doesn't violate the Sabbath in her town, and the Milton Gardens responds by bringing in a band on Sunday. Word spread quickly on the grapevine, and there was a large turnout.
A Youngstown man, Walter Ceaber, 29, is believed to be one of five men who perished at sea in an 18-foot yawl that put out from a Massachusetts yacht club. Wreckage of the yawl, one man survivor and the body of the one woman on board were found by a fishing trawler.