Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2013. There are 173 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1798: The U.S. Marine Corps is formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.

1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J.

1922: The Hollywood Bowl officially opens with a program called “Symphonies Under the Stars.”

1937: American composer and pianist George Gershwin dies at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor; he was 38.

1952: The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominates Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.

1960: The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.

1973: A Varig 707 from Brazil makes an emergency crash-landing outside Paris after fire breaks out on board, sending smoke into the cabin; 123 of the 134 people on board perished.

1988: Nine people are killed when suspected Palestinian gunmen attack hundreds of tourists aboard a Greek cruise ship, the City of Poros.

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1988: A cigarette tossed from a car by a careless driver starts a fire that destroyed the wheat field of Myron Wehr on New Waterford Road west of Unity. The loss was estimated at $250 per acre.

The Outspoken Wheelmen, a cycling club organized 11 years ago, meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Mill Creek Park from May through September.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is investigating complaints of high-pressure tactics used in the sale of camping sites at Ponderosa Park near Salem.

1973: Kevin Keel, 19, of Tallmadge, a student at Kent State University working as a night clerk at his family’s Route 5 Rustic Oaks Motel, is shot to death. Trumbull deputies say the cash register was untouched.

Struthers football coach Mike Gottfried will also take over basketball coaching duties at the school, with Bobby Patton signing on as an assistant.

1963: The Ohio Supreme Court dismisses the city of Youngstown’s plea concerning reallocation of 1963 classified property tax funds in Mahoning County, which favored the Reuben McMilllan Free Library. The city’s share was cut from $20,000 to $12,000, while the library saw an increase from $586,000 to $624,567.

Sheriff Ray T. Davis and two assistants nab two women working as prostitutes at a Hopkins Road home in Boardman Township.

The 7th District Court of Appeals refuses to order Youngstown Mayor Harry Savasten to provide funds for the operation of the Youngstown Fair Employment Practices Committee.

1938: Solly Hart, Cleveland gangster, the third man to go on trial in the murder of Roy “Happy” Marino, who was accused of being a “double crosser.” John Anthoulis, reputed Steubenville slot machine king, has already been convicted in the murder.

Youngstown will join 80 other cities in the “National Salesman’s crusade,”a nationwide campaign to stimulate business, says Paul H. Bolton, commercial division secretary of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce.

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