Today is Sunday, July 24, the 205th day of 2005. There are 160 days left in the year. On this date in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts -- two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon -- splash down safely in the Pacific.
In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar is born in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1862, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, dies in Kinderhook, N.Y. In 1866, Tennessee becomes the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War. In 1929, President Hoover proclaims the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounces war as an instrument of foreign policy. In 1937, the state of Alabama drops charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case." In 1959, during a visit to the Soviet Union, Vice President Richard M. Nixon engages in a "Kitchen Debate" with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at a U.S. exhibition. In 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously rules that President Nixon has to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor. In 1975, an Apollo spacecraft splashes down in the Pacific, completing a mission which included the first-ever docking with a Soyuz capsule from the Soviet Union. In 1979, a Miami jury convicts Theodore Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy. In 2002, nine coal miners are trapped in a flooded mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ends happily three days later with the rescue of all nine.
July 24, 1980: Two prominent Youngstown entrepreneurs, David Tod and Atty. Daniel B. Roth, have arranged to lease and operate the No. 14 mill at the McDonald Works of U.S. Steel Corp. About 75 jobs are expected to be created initially, and perhaps twice that many eventually.
Terming 150 mph trains a "logical response" to the energy crisis, Ohio's rail development agency recommends construction of a $6 billion statewide intercity system that would be in full operation by 2000.
The "Steel Valley Fun Fest" that had been advertised on Pleasant Valley Road in Liberty Township sounded suspiciously like a rock concert Liberty Township officials thought, so they've taken steps to halt it. An injunction has been filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
July 24, 1965 Eight of the nation's largest steel firms are fined $50,000 each by a federal judge in New York for price fixing in the carbon steel industry.
Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes is cutting across conservative lines at the National Governor's Conference in Minneapolis, making an appeal to a wider political range that could be designed to land him a first or second spot on the 1968 Republican national ticket.
Youngstown Police Capt. Joseph J. Lepo, removed from his command by Chief John Terlesky and ordered to walk a foot patrolman's beat in the Youngstown University area, reports off sick. Terlesky demoted Lepo after two desk men were not properly relieved and were forced to work two hours over their normal eight-hour shift. Haphazard scheduling, Terlesky said, affects the moral and efficiency of the department.
July 24, 1955: Theodore Sweetapple, 45, and his wife, Elizabeth, 40, of Breaden Street are killed when their car is rammed by two runaway railroad cars at a crossing on Poland Avenue. Their son, Richard, 14, is in South Side Hospital. The cars had gotten loose a mile away and had reached a speed estimated at 60 mph by the time they reached the crossing.
The national housing and construction boom has produced an unparalleled prosperity in Dennison, Ohio, the "clay center of the world," which is hardpressed to fill the demand for pipes for water, disposal and air conditioning systems in the nation's growing suburbs.
A sell-out crowd of 1,500 boys and girls swamp the Erie Terminal passenger loading area as the youngsters take a special train to Cleveland for the annual Indians game sponsored by the Youngstown Fire Department.
July 24, 1930: Youngstown City Engineer George Turner and Commissioner Lionel Evans are prepared to spend from $300,000 to $500,000 for improvements over the winter, 75 percent of the money to go for hand labor, if a bond issue to relieve unemployment is backed by council and approved by voters.
The offices of the General News Bureau, which supplies racing information in Youngstown, is raided by city police. No arrests were made, but equipment was seized. The city is following the lead of Cleveland, which has adopted a policy of pulling out racing wires as fast as the bookies can install them.
The dismembered body of a slain woman found on the Cleveland Boys Farm at Hudson is identified as the missing wife of Marshal Clyde Smith of North Randall, who drove away from home in the family car June16.
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