Today in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2013. There are 149 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1735: A jury finds John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal not guilty of committing seditious libel against the colonial governor of New York, William Cosby.

1790: The Coast Guard has its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.

1830: Plans for the city of Chicago are laid out.

1892: Andrew and Abby Borden are axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, is accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

1936: Jesse Owens of the U.S. wins the second of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he prevails in the long jump over German Luz Long, who is the first to congratulate him.

1944: Fifteen-year-old diarist Anne Frank is arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. (Anne dies the following year at Bergen-Belsen.)

1964: The bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

1972: Arthur Bremer is convicted and sentenced in Upper Marlboro, Md., to 63 years in prison for his attempt on the life of Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace (the sentence is later reduced to 53 years; Bremer was released from prison in 2007).

1977: President Jimmy Carter signs a measure establishing the Department of Energy.

1987: The Federal Communications Commission votes to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

1991: The Greek luxury liner Oceanos sinks in heavy seas off South Africa’s southeast coast; all the passengers and crew members survive.

1993: A federal judge sentences Los Angeles police officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 21/2 years in prison for violating Rodney King’s civil rights.

2003: West African forces arrive in Liberia to oversee the departure of President Charles Taylor.


1988: Youngstown residents have seen a 4 percent jump in utility bills — the highest in the state among big cities — in a one-year period.

An official for Petro Stopping Centers denies reports that the company is considering construction of a truck stop on Market Street Extension in North Lima.

Beloit is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a festival during which Homer and Hallie Earley, both 84 and married for 63 years, will be honored as the village’s longest-married couple. Four generations of the family live in the village.

1973: Mahoning County records its 30th traffic fatality of 1973 when Saturnino T. Lopez, 64, of Salem is killed in a two-car crash on Fairgrounds Boulevard in Canfield.

Daniel Jacob Shapira of Bears Den Road files suit in Mahoning County Probate Court to have overturned a stipulation in his father’s will that his inheritance be forfeited unless he marries a Jewish girl within seven years. The father, Dr. David Shapira, was a psychiatrist who died April 13 leaving an estate estimated at $100,000.

Fred “Rick” Jones, a former Ohio State star, and his son, Richard “Young Rick” Jones, a sophomore at Ursuline, are the hottest father-son golfing duo in the area, writes Lawrence Stolle, Vindicator sports editor.

1963: Edward Lee Ware, 14, of Oak Hill Avenue, is killed when a tire blows out on a car in which he was a passenger in Mill Creek Park, sending the car skidding along Newport Drive and into a tree.

Jackson Township is preparing to celebrate its 160th anniversary with a parade, festival and crowning of a homecoming queen.

The Youngstown area Americans for Conservative Action, headed by Benjamin Medley of Warren, is preparing to have a sizeable delegation in Cleveland when U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona makes a GOP fund-raising speech in September.

1938: Youngstown School Supt. Pliny H. Powers tells Youngstown Rotarians that the proposed $2 million improvement program for Youngstown schools will cost Youngstown residents only about $1 on property valued at $4,000 because local money will be augmented with PWA funds.

Two area men are reported dead of heat exhaustion as temperatures reach 95 degrees. R. H. Bentley, 27, a WPA worker at Sharspville, and Walter Josephs, a furnace charger at the Youngstown incinerator plant, collapsed at work.

The Pennsylvania Fire Fighters Association, meeting in convention at Sharon, Pa., resolves not to pursue more pay or shorter hours during the 1939 legislative session in recognition of the difficulty cities are having in meeting their expense.

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