Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2013. There are 152 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1714: Britain’s Queen Anne dies at age 49; she is succeeded by George I.

1907: The U.S. Army Signal Corps establishes an aeronautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force.

1936: The Olympics open in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

1943: Rioting breaks out in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood after a false rumor spreads that a police officer has shot and killed a black U.S. Army soldier who in fact had only been wounded; six people are killed in the violence.

1966: Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, goes on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14 people. Whitman, who had also murdered his wife and mother hours earlier, is gunned down by police.


1988: Weathersfield Township trustees have invited Atty. Alfred Schrader, an expert on fighting annexation of township property to cities, to meet with trustees from Howland, Warren, Vienna, Austintown, Boardman, Liberty, Canfield, Poland and Hubbard townships to discuss their concerns.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Robert A. Nader sentences Marie F. Poling to life in prison, plus three years on a gun specification, for the murder and decapitation of her husband, Richard. She will be eligible for parole in 19 years.

1973: Vincent P. Serman, a former Youngstown lawyer serving a 13-year sentence for counterfeiting, will be paroled from the Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa., in September after serving six years.

Operations return to normal at the Packard Electric Division of General Motors after 2,200 workers who walked out a day earlier return.

1963: A former Youngs-town man, Alexis G. Madden, 44, is charged with slaying a Navy mapmaker in Arlington, Va., and is being held for psychiatric evaluation.

A Florida family of seven, a mother, father and their five children, along with three other young passengers are killed when their station wagon collides with a truck on Ohio 51 in Ottawa County. The family had been staying at a nearby migrant camp.

1938: The Mahoning County Democratic organization endorses the $7 million city and schools improvement program, but Youngstown priests vote to oppose the bond issue for public school improvements.

The Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority applies to the U.S. Housing Authority for an additional earmarking of $7 million for low-cost housing, saying there is a critical need for housing for families with low income.

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