Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 4, the 185th day of 2013. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.


On this date in:

1776: The Declaration of Independence is adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

1912: The 48-star American flag, recognizing New Mexico statehood, is adopted.

1939: Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivers his famous farewell speech in which he calls himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

1959: America’s 49-star flag, recognizing Alaskan statehood, is officially unfurled.

1960: America’s 50-star flag, recognizing Hawaiian statehood, is officially unfurled.

1976: Israeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.

1982: Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager, Sharon Arden, in Maui, Hawaii.


1988: As a severe drought continues, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is looking at ways to react, including the possibility of seeding clouds, which may not cause rain, but could increase the possibility.

Wendell F. Lauth, who retired as superintendent of Girard Schools in 1975, continues his love for history and teaching by giving historical presentations, drawing on his collection of 30,000 historical slides.

When Ann Przelomski went to work as a Vindicator reporter for the summer of 1942, she didn’t realize she was beginning a 46-year career that has ended with her retirement, having risen to the job of managing editor.

Republican leaders in Northeast Ohio are told they must deliver between 35 and 40 percent of the vote in their counties if George Bush is to stand a chance of wining the Buckeye State in November.

1973: Fourth of July motorists are finding gasoline supplies to be tight, especially in some popular tourist areas.

Congressman Charles J. Carney announces a loan guarantee of $7 million, which gives the green light to the next phase of St. Elizabeth hospital’s building program.

Dr. Arnold J. Moore, head of the department of curriculum and instruction at Kansas State University, is named dean of the School of Education of Youngstown State University.

1963: Joseph Potochny of 903 Wabash Ave., a frugal Ukrainian immigrant with a thirst for knowledge and a love for his adopted country, leaves $17,800 of his $29,000 estate for scholarships at Youngstown University. The rest was left in smaller amounts to other charities.

Mahoning County’s general fund budget requests for 1964 total $5.2 million, which is $605,000 less than was requested for 1963.

The 35-piece Pascarella Concert Band performs a public concert at Wick Park.

1938: George P. Chatterton, who has handed diplomas to more than 4,000 graduating students since becoming principal of South High School in 1927, retires after nearly 50 years in education.

Judge Henry P. Beckenbach orders the reorganization of the Mahoning County Detention Home, naming Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Coffman to server as superintendent and matron, saying it is best to have a married couple serving those roles.

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