Today is Sunday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2011. There are 202 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1665: England installs a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
1776: Virginia’s colonial legislature becomes the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.
1898: Philippine nationalists declare independence from Spain.
1920: The Republican national convention, meeting in Chicago, nominates Warren G. Harding for president on the 10th ballot. Calvin Coolidge is nominated for vice president.
1939: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.
1963: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, is shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Miss. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he dies in 2001.)
1967: The Supreme Court, in Loving vs. Virginia, strikes down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
1971: Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox are married in the White House Rose Garden.
1981: Major league baseball players begin a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation. (The season does not resume until Aug. 10.)
“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, is first released.
1987: President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenges Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”
1991: Russians go to the polls to elect Boris N. Yeltsin president of their republic.
1986: Youngstown councilmen say they want strict controls to ensure high quality construction as part of a proposal by a Lorain developer, John R. Veard, to build upscale apartments for the elderly downtown.
Tracy Swanson of Canfield, competing as Miss Cuyahoga County, wins the swimsuit competition during the opening round of the Miss Ohio pageant in Mansfield.
Edgar V. “Skip” Hull Jr. is named field director for the reelection campaign of Gov. Richard F. Celeste in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.
1971: Carl L. Olson, 86, former Youngstown police chief, dies in South Side Hospital five days after falling at his Boardman home.
Theodore B. Williams of 140 Lowell Ave., Youngstown, graduates from Purdue University with a four-year string of all A’s in the physics honors program.
Dr. Arcangelo D’Amore, a native of Youngstown, receives the honorary title of Cavaliere Ufficiale in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Washington.
1961: FBI agents begin a search for clues into a break-in at the South Side branch of Union National Bank, where burglars made an unsuccessful attempt to crack the safe.
Warren police continue to search for Anthony “Tony the Dope” Delsanter for questioning in the gangland killing of Mike Farah
Stark County sheriff’s deputies make a record 83 arrests for blue law violations as they crack down on businesses operating on Sunday. Hardest hit was the Lawson Co. chain of dairy stores.
1936: Republicans meeting in Cleveland nominate Kansas Gov. Alf Landon as the party’s presidential candidate and Col. Frank Knox of Illinois for vice president.
Youngstown area produce dealers predict a drop in potato prices, which are about double those of last year, at a wholesale rate of $4.25 per hundred-pound sack.
The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey combined circus will have a new Youngstown circus grounds, a 30-acre site on Belmont Avenue north of the city limits.