Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2013. There are 168 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1790: A site along the Potomac River is designated the permanent seat of the United States government; the area becomes Washington, D.C.

1935: The first parking meters are installed in Oklahoma City.

1945: The United States explodes its first experimental atomic bomb in in Alamogordo, N.M.

1969: Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.

1979: Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq.

1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, die when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunges into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.


1988: Youngstown area delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, some of whom believe Jesse Jackson should have been the party’s vice presidential nominee, say it’s time to unify behind the ticket of Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen.

The Top Hatters Club, formed by a dozen young men in James Culver Sr.’s Sunday School Class at Grace AME Church in Warren, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Seventy years after the end of World War I, France is honoring Americans who served there, including five Youngstown area men and women: Naomi Beers, 96; Alys Fraser, 96; Olive Salcini, 98; Carl Haas, 93, and William Rabe, 90, all of whom live at Park Vista Retirement Community.

1973: The bodies of Ronald Maloney, 27, and Donnis Thompson, 25, are discovered shot execution style at an apartment on North Edgehill Avenue in Austintown.

Sheila Glowacki, of Kinsman Assembly 44, Order of Rainbow Girls, is elected grand worthy advisor at a state convention at Ohio University.

Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies are looking for cattle rustlers after 16 Holsteins valued at $5,250 are taken from the Arden Scott Farm in Green Township.

1963: Slovak Bishop Andrew G. Grutka of Gary, Ind., makes an appeal at the 19th national convention of the Slovak Catholic Sokol at the Hotel Pick Ohio for funds to support the Slovak Institute being constructed in Rome.

R.E. Williams is elected executive vice president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

Austintown Township trustees unanimously reject the zoning commission’s recommendation that Fred Shutrump be denied a zone change to build apartments on four lots in Wedgewood Park.

1938: Charles Donachie, a Vindicator custodian, and Frank Brunton, an electrician, are in fair condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital with burns suffered when natural gas from a water well exploded in the Vindicator’s pump house off Market Court Alley.

Youngstown churchmen fight against repeal of the city lottery ordinance by sending letters of protest to city councilmen urging anti-gambling legislation be retained.

Jack Hay, secretary of the Mahoning Valley Independent Gasoline Dealers Association, says every dealer in the Valley is being notified to resume pistol practice and is urged to “shoot to kill” suspicious persons on the first move in a hold- up.

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