Today is Friday, June 10, the 161st day of 2005. There are 204 days left in the year. On this date in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio.
In 1801, the north African state of Tripoli declares war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean. In 1865, the Richard Wagner opera "Tristan und Isolde" premieres in Munich, Germany. In 1940, Italy declares war on France and Britain; Canada declares war on Italy. In 1946, Italy replaces its abolished monarchy with a republic. In 1964, the Senate votes to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern states. In 1967, the Middle East War ends as Israel and Syria agree to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire. In 1978, Affirmed wins the Belmont Stakes and with it, horse racing's Triple Crown. In 1985, socialite Claus von Bulow is acquitted by a jury in Providence, R.I., at his retrial on charges he'd tried to murder his heiress wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow.
June 10, 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor is burned over 50 percent of his body when, it is reported, a cigarette lighter exploded. He is in critical condition, given a one-in-three chance of surviving.
The Hermitage School Board votes 7-2 to approve a 1980-81 contract calling for spending in excess of $7 million and a six-mill property tax increase.
The NAACP asks the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to prevent the Youngstown Board of Education from carrying out proposed school closings, mergers and personnel changes related to them.
June 10, 1965: The Youngstown Area Development Foundation names David Balcom, a Columbus management consultant and industrial development expert, executive secretary of the foundation.
Marijuana cigarettes were used by as many as 100 students at Youngstown University, police report after arresting two more university students for purchasing marijuana from an accused Campbell "pusher,"
An ordinance making the burning of a cross a specific crime is adopted by Cincinnati City Council after two recent cross burnings at the homes of two Negro families. The law carries a fine of $500 and up to six months in jail.
June 10, 1955: General Motors Corp. closes 20 car assembly and body plants, idling 60,000 workers, because of parts shortages caused by strikes at parts suppliers. The shutdowns come on the eve of a threatened strike by GM's 325,000 UAW members.
Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader signs legislation that may make Sharon the western terminal of a new turnpike through the central part of Pennsylvania to Stroudsburg.
A group of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish laymen meet at the Hotel Pick-Ohio to discuss forming a Youngstown-Warren chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
June 10, 1930: An article in the magazine Plain Talk titled "Ohio -- Lawless and Unashamed" charges that liquor flows freely in official and political circles of Youngstown.
One of the greatest murder hunts Chicago has seen is launched after gangsters murder Alfred "Jake" Lingle, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for 20 years, The Tribune immediately offered a $25,000 reward, the Chicago Evening News added $5,000 and the Press Club of Chicago added $10,000.