Today is Tuesday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2013. There are 182 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1776: The Continental Congress passes a resolution saying that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
1812: Connecticut Gov. Roger Griswold declares his state’s militia would not serve in the war against Britain, reflecting New Englanders’ opposition to the conflict.
1881: President James A. Garfield is shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)
1963: President John F. Kennedy meets Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, the first meeting between a Catholic U.S. chief executive and the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
1988: Fears of fires during dry conditions from the continuing drought cause some fireworks displays to be canceled, including the Fourth of July display at the Trumbull County Fair.
U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. meets behind closed doors for more than an hour with the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss new rules for private dock permits at Berlin Reservoir.
1973: One more link in Youngstown’s expanding expressway system opens, this one the $12 million East River Crossing and interchange, which connects the near East Side with the near South Side.
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. agrees to advance $175,000 in personal property tax to Campbell City Schools, which will allow the board of education to make its July payroll.
1963: Mahoning is one of 28 Ohio counties that will receive an increase from local government fund allocations as a result of changes in municipal tax duplicates, says state Auditor Roger W. Tracy.
The three Alexander Brothers of Youngstown plead innocent in federal court at Cleveland to income tax charges arising from a grand jury investigating incomes of racketeers and politicians in the Youngstown area.
Idora Park opens its latest thrill attraction, the colorful Gold Nugget, a monument to the Golden West era.
1938: Mayor Lionel Evans says he will veto city council’s ordinance that repealed a 1933 ordinance making the possession of lottery slips illegal.
James P. Dwyer, caretaker at Father Kane’s Camp at Lake Milton, is killed by an alleged hit-skip driver while he was walking along Craig Beach Road near the camp.
Frances Bleakley of New Castle tells police she was a friend of King D. Gray, slain Hollywood motion picture cameraman, who was found dead clasping a letter from Miss Bleakley. She described herself as an old family friend of Gray.
Francis E. Townsend, father of the Townsend Plan, is the main speaker before 8,000 people at the Warren Sesquicentennial celebration.