Today is Wednesday, July 3, the 184th day of 2013. There are 181 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1863: The three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ends in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops fail to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.

1913: During a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pa., Civil War veterans re-enact Pickett’s Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.

1938: President Franklin D. Roosevelt marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

1988: The USS Vincennes shoots down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.


1988: The Trumbull County Jail’s policy of routinely testing prisoners for AIDS without their knowledge or consent may be a violation of their rights, says the director of the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union.

Of more than 25 communities in the five-county area, Youngstown, Sharon, New Castle, Farrell, McDonald and Girard, are the only ones that continue to offer free garbage collection.

1973: Judge Sidney J. Rigelhaupt sentences a former Chaney and Rayen basketball coach to one to 10 years in prison for embezzling $1,083 from the Ohio Turnpike Commission, despite numerous pleas from supporters for leniency.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney hosts a meeting of 50 representatives of management and labor at the Ramada Inn to discuss ways of advancing the Youngstown metropolitan area.

1963: A violent thunderstorm with heavy lightning, high winds and driving rain rips across the Mahoning Valley leaving two homes burning in Youngstown and downing trees and utility lines throughout the area.

A 9-year-old Austintown girl, Amy Sue Hughes, drowns at Sunnybrook Pool, the first drowning in the pool’s 33-year history.

The Rev. J. Frank Schulman, pastor of First Unitarian Church since 1956, will leave Youngstown to become minister of Emerson Unitarian Church in Houston.

1938: Col. Theodore Roosevelt and Robert P. Taft, the sons of presidents William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt, both appear at a number of events in the Mahoning Valley and meet at the McKinley Memorial in Niles.

Two armed bandits with sawed-off shotguns hold up the Poland Country Club herding two dozen patrons into a corner of the room and escaping with an estimated $1,600.

An American missionary, the Rev. William J. Downs, a Catholic priest from Meadville, Pa., is injured when his home is bombed by the Japanese at Swatow, China.

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