Today is Sunday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2005. There are 202 days left in the year. On this date in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.
In 1665, England installs a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. In 1776, Virginia's colonial legislature becomes the first to adopt a Bill of Rights. In 1838, the Iowa Territory is organized. In 1898, Philippine nationalists declare independence from Spain. In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers is fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.; he was 37. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.) In 1967, the Supreme Court strikes down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1971, Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox are married in the White House Rose Garden. In 1978, David Berkowitz is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six Son of Sam .44-caliber killings that had terrified New Yorkers. In 1979, 26-year-old cyclist Bryan Allen flies the manpowered Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel. In 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenges Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
June 12, 1980: Sharon City Council clears the way for talks with Farrell about consolidating fire services. Councilman Joseph Fragle, who first raised the proposal, says consolidation is a national trend.
Five students from Cardinal Mooney, Boardman and Niles McKinley high schools will be among 800 students competing for national honors at the National Forensic League finals in Hunstville, Ala. They are Kitty McGione, Julie Bova, Matthew Houston, Robert Ferro and Joanne Gartner.
John Nierlich, president of Hitchcock Realty Management, is honored as "Boss of the Year" by the Tri County Chapter of the American Business Women's Association.
June 12, 1965: Attorneys for Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard ask the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a full hearing on the appeal filed on behalf of the Bay Village osteopath sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1954 murder of his wife.
Ohio State University's graduating class of 3,106 includes 101 Youngstown area graduates, four of whom graduated with high honors. Carol K. Stanfield of Sebring graduated summa cum laude; Valentina A. Gladd of Hubbard and Paul J. Mahar Jr. of Canfield graduated cum laude, and James W. Converse of Leetonia graduated with honors.
A seven day strike against State Chevrolet Co. on Wick Avenue is settled when 10 mechanics, seven bodymen and 10 car washers return to their jobs.
June 12, 1955: A Mercedes race car hurtles off the Le Mans race track at 160 mph, explodes in the air and spreads a flaming death among a throng of spectators. The driver and at least 70 spectators are dead and another 75 spectators were injured.
Bessemer Limestone & amp; Cement Co. breaks ground for a $3.6 million expansion of its cement-making facilities at its Bessemer, Pa., plant.
Youngstown Traction Commissioner E.L. Tennyson warns that thousands of Youngstown bus riders will be inconvenienced and some will be late for work unless they check on schedule changes that the Youngstown Municipal Railway Co. is putting into effect. Tennyson complains that the company should have given riders more warning.
June 12, 1930: All work on the Warner Theater in downtown Youngstown is halted as carpenters remain off the job in a dispute over the use of nonunion truck drivers.
Gov. Myers Y. Cooper of Ohio will come to Warren to oversee the dedication of the $250,000 W. Market Street Bridge.
Franklin County motorists are profiting to the tune of 7 cents a gallon as a gasoline war in Columbus drops the price of regular gas to 15 cents a gallon.