Today is Sunday, June 19, the 170th day of 2005. There are 195 days left in the year. This is Father's Day. On this date in 1865, Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrives in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War is over, and that all slaves are free. (The anniversary of this celebration is called "Juneteenth.")
In 1586, English colonists sail from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America. In 1862, slavery is outlawed in U.S. territories. In 1910, Father's Day is celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash. In 1917, during World War I, King George IV orders the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. The family takes the name "Windsor." In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission is created; it replaces the Federal Radio Commission. In 1945, millions of New Yorkers turn out to cheer Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who is honored with a parade. In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved by the Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster. In 1982, in a case that galvanizes the Asian-American community, Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, is beaten to death outside a nightclub in Highland Park, Mich., by two auto workers who later receive probation for manslaughter. In 1999, Britain's Prince Edward marries commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in Windsor, England.
June 19, 1980: Springfield Township trustees are presented a petition signed by 50 New Springfield residents seeking to stop the planned building of an indoor shooting range at 13845 Springfield-Woodworth Road.
A 31-year-old cameraman is killed and 11 crew members injured when a camera rig tumbles over an embankment during a practice run of a high-speed chase scene for the CBS television series, "Dukes of Hazzard."
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati asks U.S. Steel Corp. and the United Steelworkers of America to negotiate an agreement that would prevent U.S. Steel from dismantling the Ohio Works and McDonald Mills and allow them to be sold. The court extended an injunction preventing dismantling of the mills.
Many elderly and disabled people in the Mahoning Valley who will be getting a 14.3 percent increase in monthly Social Security payments will find that the increased income will make them ineligible for the federal food stamps they are receiving, says George Millovich, supervisor of the local food stamp program.
June 19, 1965: Gov. James A. Rhodes tells a crowd of more than 1,500 at the McKinley Memorial in Niles that "we can make Ohio the greatest state in the Union if we all work together." Rhodes is on a two-day tour of 19 historical sites in the state.
The Youngstown Development Co., 1445 Belmont Ave., is high bidder on the 313 acres of old Mahoning County Home property on Herbert Road with an offer of $200,000 for the entire parcel.
Columbiana County Southwest Area Court will move from the Helm Building on W. Lincoln Way in Lisbon to a vacant storeroom on the Square. Rent will be $175 a month for a five-year lease, a savings of $50 per month.
June 19, 1955: Mike Mendis, a B & amp;O Railroad engineer in his early 60s, is shot and killed in the upstairs bedroom of a ramshackle home at 39 W. Railroad St., the second murder victim in Lowellville in two years. The owner of the home is being held in the shooting.
Christina Nation, 16, of Spitler Road, Poland, is selected by the youth committee of Struthers IOOF Lodge 933 as an outstanding civic student and will represent the lodge at the United Nations for one week. She will be among 36 IOOF students from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan making the trip.
The Youngstown Players open a drive to raise $250,000 for construction of a modern new community theater building that will replace the theater on Market Street The new building will include an auditorium seating 499 and will have the latest in stage and lighting equipment.
June 19, 1930: The fight of opponents of the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube-Bethlehem Steel merger to get access to Bethlehem's books gets underway with an imposing array of counsel in common pleas court to present arguments before Judge David G. Jenkins.
On the 27th birthday of the Ford Motor Co., Henry Ford announces plans to spend $30 million on six branch plants, a huge water tunnel and power expansion. The company was organized June 19, 1903, with capital of $100,000 and has assets totaling $761 million.
Five New Castle fireworks manufacturing plants, chief source of supply for the Youngstown district for pyrotechnical displays, are closed by Inspector J.D. Wakely of the Pennsylvania Board of Labor and Industry.