Today is Friday, June 24, the 175th day of 2005. There are 190 days left in the year. On this date in 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the western allies to organize the massive Berlin Airlift.
In 1314, the forces of Scotland's King Robert I defeat the English in the Battle of Bannockburn. In 1509, Henry VIII is crowned king of England. In 1647, Margaret Brent, a niece of Lord Baltimore, is ejected from the Maryland Assembly after demanding a place and vote in that governing body. In 1793, the first republican constitution in France is adopted. In 1908, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, dies in Princeton, N.J., at age 71.
June 24, 1980: Those Trumbull County residents who want computer elections put to a vote are being asked to sign referendum petitions being circulated by Liberty Township Trustee Philip Adler and labor leader Marlin "Whitey" Ford. Adler and Ford claim the computer punch card system being tested by the county lacks the checks and balances available with lever-type equipment.
Mahoning county commissioners receive the first installment from the permissive sales tax, $64,643, and immediately earmark half the money for road and bridge improvements.
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County circulated 1.5 million books in 1979, the second highest number in history, according to the library's annual report.
June 24, 1965 Lightning hits a golf course shelter at the Armco Country Club near Butler during a rainstorm, killing four of 10 men who sought shelter there. All are residents of Butler and employees at Armco Steel Corp., which uses the course as an employee recreation area.
Thomas McMath, 34, of Sharpsville-Orangville Road, drowns while attempting to save his 9-year-old son in the Shenango River at Sandy Beach. The boy was saved by Arthur Somlitz, 36, of Masury, who also recovered the father's body from the river.
June 24, 1955: The first peacetime all-Mahoning Valley company of Navy recruits leaves Youngstown for boot training at Bainbridge, Md. Recruit Harry Gordon Daff Jr. is in charge of the 33-man contingent.
A traffic patrolman assigned to the Wilson Avenue-Himrod Avenue intersection keeps inbound traffic moving, the first time since E. Rayen Avenue was closed for construction that morning rush-hour traffic was kept moving.
The steel industry's tremendous comeback from a year earlier creates one of the biggest gains in department store sales in the Fourth Federal Reserve District in May, the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland reports. Youngstown had a 17 percent gain in May 1955 over the same month in 1954.
June 24, 1930: The General Fireproofing Co. of Youngstown wins a $300,000 contract from the federal government to provide all upright files for government offices in Washington and throughout the country for a year.
New Castle will be added to the Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh air mail line within a week, as soon as installation of the Adams airmail pick-up device is installed at the Bradford Airport on New Castle-Youngstown Road. Dr. Lytle S. Adams, inventor of the pick-up, which was developed at Lansdowne Airport, is in charge of the installation.