Today is Saturday, June 21, the 173rd day of 2008. There are 193 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Saturday, June 21, the 173rd day of 2008. There are 193 days left in the year. On this date in 1788, the United States Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.

In 1908, composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov dies in Lyubensk, Russia, at age 64. In 1932, heavyweight Max Schmeling loses a title fight rematch in New York by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: “We was robbed!” In 1948, the Republican National Convention opens in Philadelphia. The delegates end up choosing Thomas E. Dewey to be their presidential nominee. In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini is chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII; the new pope takes the name Paul VI. In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney disappear in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies are found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. In 1973, the Supreme Court, in Miller v. California, rules that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.

June 21, 1983: Youngstown City Council is poised to slash the salary of Health Commissioner Neil Altman from $27,893 to $15,893 as punishment for Altman publicly disagreeing with council. “Sometimes, when people step on your toes, you have to step on their toes,” says Councilman Richard Hughey.

Federal officials tell American Skyship Industries Inc. that it will have to show additional proof of private financing before $4.2 million in federal loans and grants is released.

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that employers cannot offer male workers family medical plans that don’t stack up to those available to female employees. For instance, if a female employee received full coverage for a pregnancy, the wife of a male employee must also be eligible for full coverage.

June 21, 1968: Patricia Ennis, a Cardinal Mooney High School senior, wins third place in the dramatic declamation final round of the National Forensic League Tournament in St. Paul., Minn. Robert Pondillo of Austintown was fourth in radio and Laura Piltz of Boardman was 11th in girls extemporaneous.

Due to an Ohio Supreme Court ruling, Mahoning County common pleas and appellate court judges will be getting pay raises, from $15,000 to $17,500. The raises were not scheduled to go into effect until 1970.

Mahoning County commissioners agree unofficially to purchase St. Patrick School in Glenwood Avenue as a center for all welfare offices.

June 21, 1958: Three gunmen invade the Volney Road home of contractor Fred Shutrump, herd him, his wife, a son and a house guest into a room where they are bound and then ransack the house, escaping with several hundred dollars and jewelry.

John E. Andrews, Coast Guard engineman second class, receives the “Silver Lifesaving Medal” from Rear Admiral E.H. Tiele in Cleveland for his heroic rescue of an ice fisherman in Erie, Pa.

The Steel Valley Marine Platoon, a group of 76 Youngstown district youths who will go through boot camp together, leaves the B O Railroad station for Parris Island, S.C. after a send off by six veteran and religious organizations. The recruits and their fathers were treated to a buffet dinner at the Isaly Dairy Co. auditorium after being sworn in.

June 21, 1933: Niles Mayor E.C. Ferguson prepares a resolution for his city’s council opposing a proposal by Youngstown that it be given control of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District.

The General Fireproofing Co. receives an order for 100,000 steel beer cases for an eastern brewery.

The Kroger Grocery & Baking Co. and the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. announce a one-cent increase in the price of bread in Youngstown. Small loaves will sell for six cents and large loaves for eight cents.

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