Today is Saturday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2005. There are 203 days left in the year. On this date in 1776, the Continental Congress forms a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.
In 1509, England's King Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon. In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovers the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. In 1919, Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner. In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union sign a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II. In 1947, the government announces the end of household and institutional sugar rationing, to take effect the next day. In 1963, Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolates himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
June 11, 1980: Youngstown garbage crews have fallen so far behind that they are back on the right day, but a full week behind and with twice as much garbage to pick up. Edwin Campbell, deputy director of Public Works, hopes the crews will be able to stay on schedule.
A spokesman for Ohio's 21 municipally owned electric systems predicts that Ohio communities will have no choice but to charge their customers more if the federal government allows Ohio Edison to raise the price of wholesale electricity by 37 percent.
Youngstown State University will buy steam for heat from Youngstown Thermal Corp. if the company will guarantee stable rates for five years and meet certain other conditions, says YSU President John J. Coffelt.
June 11, 1965: Donald C. Cover, 50, is appointed fire chief of Boardman Township, succeeding H.W. Ewing Jr., who resigned.
Youngstown's Champion Speller Nicky Harris finishes eighth in the National Spelling Bee, winning $100 and a gold medal. The bee is won by Michael Kerpan Jr. of Oklahoma.
U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown joins a distinguished list of Americans who support flood control and navigation when he receives the George Washington Memorial Award at the National Rivers and Harbors Congress.
General Motors Corp. announces that it will begin interviewing candidates for some of the 5,700 jobs at the new Chevrolet and Fisher Body plant at Lordstown on June. 14.
June 11, 1955: About 350 workmen at the Chrysler Corp.'s automotive body fabrication plant at Heslep Street are expected to return to work after calling off a strike that closed the plant.
A bedroom intruder who told a Glenwood Avenue housewife he was looking at her home to make an estimate on a painting job is captured at 2:15 a.m. by the terrified woman's husband. Police said the man was on parole for a robbery several years ago.
Two air traffic controllers and an Air Force radar operator are commended by the Civil Aeronautics Administration for guiding a civilian aircraft that was lost in a storm to a safe landing at Youngstown Municipal Airport. Cited were Samuel Stiffler, Herman Fletcher and T.Sgt. Gene A. Sine.
June 11, 1930: Frank Purnell, president of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. announces immediate construction on an electric welding pipe mill that will be erected at the Brier Hill plant, at a cost of $2 million.
The Ohio Education Department empowers Youngstown College to function as a four-year liberal arts college and grant A.B. degrees.
Bishop James Cannon Jr. refuses to answer questions before a U.S. Senate committee regarding activities by the Southern Methodist Church in opposition to the candidacy of Al Smith in the 1928 presidential campaign. It is alleged that Cannon received $48,000 from a New York capitalist, which was used against Smith.