Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 18, the 199th day of 2013. There are 166 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1536: The English Parliament passes an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.

1932: The United States and Canada sign a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1940: The Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominates President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.

1976: At the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci receives the first-ever perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. (Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s at Montreal.)

1984: Gunman James Huberty opens fire at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.


1988: Nancy V. Lawton and her son, Gary D. Lawton, both of Austintown, are the only mother-son delegates in the 226-member Ohio delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta.

As the summer’s sweltering heat continues, tempers flair and more assaults are the result, says Dr. James Conser, assistant dean of Youngstown State’s College of Applied Sciences and Technology, a former criminal justice professor.

1973: A 70-foot tall, 109-year-old elm tree at the Columbiana County Courthouse is cut down by Ohio Edison workmen.

Youngstown developer Fred C. Shutrump Jr. is appointed to the board of trustees of Youngstown State University by Gov. John J. Gilligan.

1963: A Salem man and his son, Dickson Van Schoik, 37, and Thomas, 10, are killed in an explosion and fire in the basement of their home at 1093 Jennings Ave. They were painting the basement floor with lacquer.

Paul DeNiro is electrocuted when a crane boom touches a high tension Ohio Edison line while laying a water line in North Jackson. His brother, Carl, suffered third-degree burns of his foot and hand.

1938: Howard L. Scheetz, 19, of 214 Breaden St., is killed almost instantly when struck by a B&O passenger train at Tod Avenue and West Avenue while arranging a delivery to the Scheetz Lumber Co.

Lottie Yates, 25, dies after being cut on both legs by one of two participants in a street fight in front of her home at 326 E. Wood St. Her two small sons witnessed the attack.

Observance of Russian Day at Idora Park draws about 8,000 people.

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