Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2013. There are 140 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1521: Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captures Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City, from the Aztecs.

1624: King Louis XIII of France appoints Cardinal Richelieu his first minister.

1846: The American flag is raised for the first time in Los Angeles.

1910: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, dies in London at age 90.

1913: British metallurgist Harry Brearley develops an alloy that comes to be known as “stainless steel.” (Although Brearley is often credited as the “inventor” of stainless steel, he was hardly alone in working to create steel that resisted corrosion.)


1988: Police Chief Randall A. Wellington and Rudy Vazmina, executive director of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, discuss a proposal to establish a police substation at the Kimmel Brook Homes staffed by two officers.

Basil G. Stavrakis, 45, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, dies in Sharon General Hospital after being stung by yellow jackets after running over their nest with a lawn mower.

U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr. officially opens Warren’s fourth annual Italian-American Heritage Festival, which is expected to draw 150,000 to 200,000 people.

1973: A 16-year-old Boy Scout from Tennessee who died at the site of the 1973 Jamboree East at Moraine State Park, Pa., died of “cardiac arrest due to inhalation of an aerosol,” says Butler County Coroner William F. Young.

Jack Nicklaus’ victory in the PGA National championship puts him in a league by himself with 14 major tournament victories, breaking Bobby Jones’ record of 13.

Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter is named to the conference committee on Urban Economic Policy of the U.S. Conference of Mayors by Mayor Roy Martin of Norfolk, Va., conference president.

1963: Mahoning and Trumbull County commissioners approve a $10,000 contract with E.S. Preston Associates of Columbus for a comprehensive transportation study of the two counties and environs.

A 53-year-old ex-convict with a prison record dating to 1925, is charged with the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Mill Creek Park.

Marilyn Mrus, a 21-year-old student nurse from Hubbard, wins the $1,000 women’s invitational golf tournament in a two-hole playoff with Kay Hebert of Erie, Pa., at Hubbard Golf Course.

1938: City officials are working to bid out contracts for PWA projects by the middle of October that will provide work for between 1,000 and 1,500 Youngstowners.

Two Youngstown women, Mrs. Mavis Gollan, 19, of Oak Hill Avenue, and Miss Ann Foster, 22, of Market Street, set off on a 2,000-mile motorcycle trip to Massachusetts, New York City and back to Youngstown.

Mahoning County relief rolls are swelled by the addition of 2,435 people because of tightening of the WPA purse strings, says Relief Director Isadore L. Feuer.

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