Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2013. There are 165 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1848: A ground-breaking women’s rights convention convenes in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
1903: The first Tour de France is won by Maurice Garin.
1943: Allied air forces raid Rome during World War II, the same day Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Feltre in northern Italy.
1961: TWA becomes the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presents “By Love Possessed” to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.
1979: The Nicaraguan capital of Managua falls to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
1989: One hundred and eleven people are killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashes while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.
1993: President Bill Clinton announces a policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
1988: Relatives of James Fluharty, 17, of Niles, who police say was accidentally shot and whose body was dumped in the woods, are angry that the maximum jail time for the person responsible is less than a year.
The Howland Defense League is gearing up to oppose the proposed annexation of 36 acres on Niles-Cortland Road to the city of Niles.
In an effort to reduce a projected $450,000 deficit, the Newton Falls Board of Education cuts several junior high sports and high school soccer immediately and football and volleyball in the 1988-89 school year.
A top General Motors Corp. executive says higher gasoline taxes aimed at reducing the federal budget deficit would mean significant loss of jobs in the auto industry.
1973: Eight firefighters are injured fighting a fire that destroyed Mike’s Auto Body at 433 New Castle Ave. in Sharon, Pa.
Howard B. Friend is named superintendent of the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School, succeeding Dr. Robert Shreve.
Youngstown Area United Appeal’s recommended goal of $1.9 million is approved by the Community Corporation’s executive committee.
Higher operating costs, stagnant profits and a decreasing labor supply force two district farmers out of business: the W.H. Tillia Charolais beef operation in Lawrence County, Pa., and the Charles and Betty Janson dairy farm in Mesopotamia, Trumbull County.
The Youngstown Rotary Club opens its 30th Annual Charity Horse Show at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
1963: The Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission names a new playground in the Wick-Saranac area in honor of Mrs. E.T. MacDonnell, widely know civic leader and the first woman to serve on the commission.
The 1963 white Cadillac convertible that Alex Shondor Birns left at a Toledo motel is seized by U.S. marshals for an income tax debt after it was discovered at a Youngstown used car lot. Birns is a suspect in the gangland slaying of Mervin L. Gold in Cleveland.
Youngstown Police Sgt. John Olejar is elected supreme men’s vice president of the Slovak Catholic Sokol during the national convention at the Hotel Pick-Ohio.
1938: The body of an unidentified man is found in a ditch along Drummond Avenue Extension, west of Hubbard. Coroner J.C. Henshaw says the man died of five gunshot wounds.
More than 125 representatives of social, fraternal, political and labor organizations pledge their support for $7 million in PWA projects in Youngstown.
Robert L. Fleming is named principal of South High School, succeeding George P. Chatterton, who retired.