Years Ago

Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2013. There are 176 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1776: Col. John Nixon gives the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House in Philadelphia.

1889: The Wall Street Journal is first published.

1907: Florenz Ziegfeld stages his first “Follies,” on the roof of the New York Theater.

1950: President Harry S. Truman names Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.

1972: The Nixon administration announces a deal to sell $750 million in grain to the Soviet Union.


1988: Stephen Boyer, a paramedic for Gold Cross Ambulance, is in Southside Medical Center with a stomach wound suffered when a gunshot was fired from a passing car while Boyer was standing in a doorway at the Gold Cross garage on Market Street.

A $500,000 energy management plan estimated to save Boardman schools $65,000 a year will be delayed after two board members call for open bidding on the project.

Second National Bank of Warren sponsors two performances of the Ohio Ballet as part of Warren’s “Celebration on the Square.”

1973: GF Business Equipment Inc., Youngstown’s largest fabricator, is enjoying good profits and a sales turnaround that signal a rebound by a company that has been operating in Youngstown since 1902.

Mahoning County Commissioners John Palemo, Thomas J. Barrett and George J. Bindas say they will be trimming $2 million from the $9.3 million in operating funds requested by county office holders.

1963: Robert Armstrong, 19, pleads guilty to counterfeiting charges before the trial begins in U.S. District Court for three codefendants, including Lenine Strollo, 31, owner of Lennie’s Lounge in Poland.

Mahoning County commissioners sign an agreement with the Youngstown Board of Control to share the $400,000 cost of improving Meridian Road.

1938: Four New Castle, Pa., girls returning home from a swimming party are hurled to instant death when they are hit by a speeding passenger train on a sharp curve near Franklin Bridge. Dead are Lena Denako, 16, and her sister, Anna, 14; Helen Orabinec, 13, and Angeline Jaworski, 16.

The first atlas of Mahoning County published since 1915 is being distributed among local realtors, financial institutions and attorneys by the Sidwell Studio of Lombard, Ill.

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