Years Ago

Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2013. There are 171 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1787: The Congress of the Confederation adopts the Northwest Ordinance, which establishes a government in the Northwest Territory, an area corresponding to the present-day Midwest and Upper Midwest.

1793: French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat is stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later.

1863: Deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupts in New York City. (The insurrection was put down three days later.)

1913: Broadcaster Dave Garroway, the first host of NBC’s “Today” show, is born in Schenectady, N.Y.

1923: A sign consisting of 50-foot-tall letters spelling out “HOLLYWOODLAND” is dedicated in the Hollywood Hills to promote a subdivision (the last four letters were removed in 1949).

1939: Frank Sinatra makes his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,” with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label.

1960: John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles.

1972: George McGovern receives the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Miami Beach.

1977: A blackout lasting 25 hours hits the New York City area.

1978: Lee Iacocca is fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

1985: “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, takes place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

1999: Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the “Railroad Killer,” surrenders in El Paso, Texas. (Resendiz was executed in 2006.)

Vindicator files

1988: The FBI says it has joined Youngstown police in investigating the disappearance of Marcell Byers, 18, last seen after being beaten by two men and thrown into the back of a Jeep at Griffith Street and Lexington Avenue.

Ohio Democrats react with disappointment to the selection of Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen over Ohio’s John Glenn as Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis’ vice presidential running mate. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Youngstown says Jesse Jackson deserved the vice presidential nomination based on his second place finish in the race for the presidential nomination.

Austintown has hired four officers and bought three new cruisers, bringing the fleet to 10, with proceeds of a 1.8-mill levy approved in November.

1973: One man is killed and three people are injured after two gunmen open fire during a robbery at the Ellwest Stereo Theater at1410 Market St. Dead is William E. Evans, 27, of Austintown.

Two Youngstown teenagers, a boy and a girl, were beaten by four or five men who smashed their way into their parked car in a lonely area of Berlin Township. They beat up the boy and drove off with the girl, who was later taken to Salem Hospital by a young man who is being held for questioning.

Mayor Jack C. Hunter receives a letter from the Mahoning County Veterinary Medical Association saying that it is discontinuing its rabies vaccination program in the city until Dr. John Dahmen is given back his job as assistant health commissioner because the firing has left the board “without a professional person in charge.”

Two South Side pharmacies, a South Side dairy store and a North Side supermarket are struck by armed bandits during a single afternoon and evening. All escaped with currency.

1963: Bales C. Jacobs, secretary and treasurer of the Stambaugh-Thompson Co., is elected president of the Youngstown Merchants’ Council at its 18th annual meeting at the Mural Room restaurant .

A new bath house is dedicated at the Robin Hood Swim Club of Canfield on Gibson Road.

The Rev. Thomas V. Gilmartin, a 1955 graduate of Ursuline High School, will offer his first Mass at Sacred Heart Church, his home parish.

1938: The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce holds its annual golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. Golfers teeing off at the 18th green had to contend with razzing form the Little German Band,.

Thomas Thomas, an East High School student, testifies in the trial of Sollly Hart, Cleveland gangster accused in the slaying of Roy “Happy “ Marino, about the car he saw parked in front of his Forest Avenue home the night Marino disappeared.

Mahoning Common Pleas Judge Henry P. Beckenbach rules that Sheriff Ralph E. Elser has the legal right to prohibit betting at the Craig Beach dog track operated by the Kennel Club.

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