Today is Wednesday, June 29, the 180th day of 2005. There are 185 days left in the year. On this date in 1776, the Virginia state constitution is adopted, and Patrick Henry is made governor.
In 1767, the British Parliament approves the Townshend Revenue Acts, which impose import duties on certain goods shipped to America. Colonists bitterly protest the Acts, which are repealed in 1770. In 1949, the government of South Africa enacts a ban against racially mixed marriages. In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission votes against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information. In 1966, the United States bombs fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. In 1967, Jerusalem is re-unified as Israel removes barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector. In 1970, the United States ends a two-month military offensive into Cambodia. In 1972, the Supreme Court rules the death penalty, as it is being meted out, could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." (The ruling prompts states to revise their capital punishment laws.) In 1988, the Supreme Court upholds, 7-1, the independent counsel law. In 1992, a divided Supreme Court rules that women have a constitutional right to abortion, but the justices also weaken the right as defined by the Roe v. Wade decision.
June 29, 1980: McNicholas Transportation Corp. has decided to go ahead with its $4 million terminal on a 50-acre site on Salt Springs Road, Henry McNicholas, company chairman, announces.
Skyrocketing premiums for Workers' Compensation coverage are disrupting attempts by Mayor George Vukovich to address Youngstown's desperate financial condition. The number of job-related accident claims filed by city workers has risen so greatly that the bureau is penalizing the city.
Criminal and civil caseloads have increased dramatically in Mahoning County, a problem that Administrative Judge Elwyn V. Jenkins says can be resolved only by adding another common pleas court judge, a permanent referee or an arbitrator.
June 29, 1965 John C. Hunter, 35, of 467 W. Boston Ave., is appointed by the Republican Party's Fifth Ward Central Committee to replace retiring Councilman Paul H. Kechler on the November ballot. Kechler withdrew as a candidate because new responsibilities in his job at the Sommer Electric Co. will require too much time and travel to allow him to serve on council.
A record high for the year, 92 degrees, sends 7,987 sweltering residents to Youngstown city swimming pools.
The Liberal Party, which has a record of deciding close elections in New York, endorses Republican candidate John V. Lindsay for mayor of New York.
June 29, 1955: Mahoning County commissioners reject by a vote of 2-1 the proposed annexation of a residential section of Lyon Blvd. into the Village of Poland.
Youngstown steel mills will operate on full schedules as long as possible, but are preparing to bank their blast furnaces in advance of a USW strike deadline that is 36 hours away.
Problems of water-starved Austintown Township resident are discussed by the residents and Youngstown Water Department Chief Engineer A.E. Leedy, who tells them it will cost $300,000 to correct pressure problems.
June 29, 1930: W.C. Burbank of Warren is elected state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their convention in Lorain, succeeding Karl Feist of Akron.
Warren has been selected as the location for a new metal lath plant of the U.S. Gypsum Co., which will employ about 400 men.
Harry Callahan says the city will have to add 20 firemen to the Youngstown Fire Department before it would be eligible for a reduction in fire insurance rates, which would save residents about $100,000 a year.
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