Years Ago

Today is Saturday, July 6, the 187th day of 2013. There are 178 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1483: England’s King Richard III is crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1535: Sir Thomas More is executed in England for high treason.

1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur tests an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by an infected dog; the boy does not develop rabies.

1933: The first All-Star baseball game is played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park; the American League defeats the National League, 4-2.

1944: An estimated 168 people die in a fire that breaks out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn.

1945: President Harry S. Truman signs an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.

1957: Althea Gibson becomes the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeats fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.

1963: The cult horror movie “Blood Feast” has its world premiere at a drive-in theater in Peoria, Ill.

1983: Fred Lynn of the California Angels hits the first (and, to date, only) grand slam in an All-Star game as the American League zooms to a 13-3 victory over the National League.

1988: Medical waste and other debris begin washing up on New York City-area seashores, forcing the closing of several popular beaches.


1988: State Rep. Robert F. Hagan , D-33rd, Youngstown, praises Gov. Richard F. Celeste for revamping Ohio’s auto licensing and registration system, but says he still wants an investigation into the closing of the South Side Merchants and Civic Association.

The Youngstown Board of Education is mulling a cost-savings plan that would eliminate busing for some 2,000 public-school students and 250 parochial school students in the city.

1973: The Youngstown Board of Education adopts a tentative budge for 1974 of $29.5 million.

Mentor Municipal Court Judge Alfred E.P. Dahling gives traffic violators in his court an option: pay a fine of up to $430 or give a pint of blood to the American Red Cross, which is reporting serious shortage of blood in northeastern Ohio.

Stan Kenton and his orchestra play at the Idora Park Ballroom.

1963: Some 1,500 young baseball fans board an Erie Lackawanna passenger train for Cleveland to watch the Indians-Yankees play as part of the 18th annual Youngstown firemen’s excursion.

Col. Leo F. McCarthy, 56, director of the 3rd Area Ohio Civil Defense Corps following the war and a leading civic figure, dies at his Salinas Trail home.

Lakewood police are holding two Youngstown men, one a paroled bank robber, who they say sold colored water as detergent to Cleveland area bars and restaurants.

Edward Margala says a billy goat he bought to keep the grass and weeds trimmed at his Hubbard Road salvage yard broke his chain and wandered off.

1938: At the fifth annual homecoming sponsored by the McDonald Volunteer Firemen the new municipal flagpole is dedicated in front of the municipal building.

The estate of the late Mrs. Myron Converse Wick Jr. leaves most of $665,000 to her daughters and granddaughters, but leaves $10,000 to Christ Mission Kindergarten and $200 to $1,000 to each employee at the Wick Estate, based on years of service.

Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans pledges support for a statewide ban on fireworks as two more injury cases bring the city’s holiday toll to 46.

Robert McGhie of 1556 Bryson St., former member of the Youngstown Board of Education, is appointed to the Kent State University Board of Trustees by Gov. Martin L. Davey.

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