Today is Wednesday, June 8, the 159th day of 2005. There are 206 days left in the year. On this date in A.D. 632, the prophet Mohammed dies.
In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, dies in Nashville, Tenn. In 1861, Tennessee secedes from the Union. In 1876, author George Sand dies in Nohant, France. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt offers to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War. In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania. In 1953, the Supreme Court rules that restaurants in the District of Columbia cannot refuse to serve blacks. In 1967, 34 U.S. servicemen are killed when Israeli forces raid the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean. (Israel calls the attack a tragic mistake.) In 1968, authorities announce the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
June 8, 1980: Paul Malott and Tom Kocis finish in a tie for first place in the Fun Run, 5-mile male division, sponsored by Strouss department store in downtown Youngstown.
William Davidson, president of IDI Metals in Sebring, says he wants to expand his aluminum-foil processing and distribution plant, adding 200 to 300 jobs, but is being blocked by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Despite a recession, job opportunities for this year's Youngstown-area college graduates are abundant, especially for those in technical and finance-related fields.
June 8, 1965: United Air Lines announces that it will launch Youngstown Municipal Airport's first jet airline service on Oct. 31, using three-engine Boeing 727 planes.
Springfield Township trustees decide not to file charges against three Youngstown and three Boardman boys who commandeered a New Middletown Rescue Squad ambulance from the unmanned fire station. They were taking one of the boys, who had cut his ankle on a bottle at a lake on South Range Road. They were speeding toward South Side Hospital, with siren and lights on, when a police car caught up with them.
Nicky Harris, Youngstown's spelling bee champion in the National Spelling Bee, steals the show at a get acquainted party at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Harris, a first-rate pianist, got a terrific hand from the other spellers and their parents as he whirled through a Debussy number.
June 8, 1955: The Chrysler Corp. is planning a large expansion of its automobile stampings plant on Hezlep Street, W.T. Hanlon, plant manager, announces.
Demands by Youngstown City Council members for radar checks to reduce speeding throughout the city bring a quick defense of police traffic enforcement from Mayor Frank X. Kryzan. The council complaints came on a day when six persons, including two children, were injured in a series of accidents in the city.
Steady rain brings welcome relief to drying lawns and fields in the Youngstown area. The rain, which varied in intensity throughout the area, from 1.71 inches at the airport to 1.2 inches at Meander Reservoir, was the first measurable rainfall in a month.
June 8, 1930: Nearly 5,000 Youngstowners -- the kind of Youngstowners who get out in the backyards with their spades, hoes and sprinkling cans -- flock to Youngstown's annual flower show at Stambaugh Auditorium
The first sounds of what eventually may become a real boom for James M. Cox of Dayton as the Democratic nominee for president in 1932 are being heard in Columbus after the former Ohio governor demands the repeal of Prohibition.
Dr. Henry S. Pritchett, president of the Carnegie Foundation in New York, says an educator of the highest standing will be sent to Youngstown to look over the situation and see if circumstances warrant an exhaustive survey of Youngstown schools.
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