Years Ago

Today is Friday, July 5, the 186th day of 2013. There are 179 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1811: Venezuela becomes the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the National Labor Relations Act.

1946: The bikini, created by Louis Reard, is modeled by Micheline Bernardini during a poolside fashion show in Paris.

1947: Larry Doby makes his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.

1954: Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session takes place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn.; the song he records is “That’s All Right (Mama).”

2011: A jury in Orlando, Fla., finds Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.


1988: Struthers fire officials and CASTLO Industrial Park representatives are meeting to devise a strategy for extinguishing a massive tire fire that created a plume of toxic smoke visible for miles.

The worst accident of Ohio’s holiday weekend claims the lives of three Trumbull County residents in a two-car collision at Warren-Sharon and Sodom-Hutchings Roads. Dead are Keith A. Rhodanz, 18; Pearlie A. Cole, 18, and Cynthia L. Hermison, 28. Four others were injured.

Oakland’s Mark McGwire hits a 16th inning home run to beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-2, in Cleveland.

1973: Dominic P. “Junior” Senzarino and Joseph DeRose are arrested by the FBI and Warren police, who recovered $55,000 worth of firearms stolen in a July 18 burglary at Miller’s Rod & Gun Shop.

The death of two Struthers men in an old strip mine off Pine Lake Road over the Fourth of July holiday brings a renewed warning from township Police Chief John Hertzog about swimming in “these death traps.” Dead are James E. Akers, 22, and Ronald E. Van Kirk, 21.

1963: A 13-year-old Akron boy on a church group outing drowns in Berlin Reservoir. Ernest Wright went down in 18 feet of water off the Bedell Road campgrounds.

John Spencer Smith, 68, prominent Sharon druggist, is fatally injured when his automobile hit the side of the Mercer Avenue bridge over the Shenango River in Sharpsville.

1938: The Youngstown district records 44 people injured by fireworks and 22 injured in traffic accidents on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Warren Municipal Judge Ralph R. Speak disposes of 34 pending slot machine and numbers racket cases, meting out fines of $25 each to the defendants. The cases had backed up while the city’s gambling ordinance was appealed to common pleas court.

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