Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2013. There are 161 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1885: Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, dies in Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.
1886: A legend is born as Steve Brodie claims to have made a dare- devil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into New York’s East River. However, there are doubts about whether the dive actually took place.
1888: Author Raymond Chandler is born in Chicago.
1914: Austria-Hungary issues a list of demands to Serbia after the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I.
1945: French Marshal Henri Petain who had headed the Vichy government during World War II, goes on trial, charged with treason. He is convicted and condemned to death, but the sentence is commuted.
1967: A week of deadly race-relaed rioting that claims 43 lives erupts in Detroit.
1988: Rafael Garcia Jr., 24, testifies in the murder trial of Marie Poling, saying he got the idea of using an ax to cut off the head of her husband, Richard Poling, from the movie, “Little House of Horrors”.
Carcinogens present in an industrial portion of the Mahoning River lead to a recommendation by the Ohio Department of Health against swimming or wading in the river or eating fish from it.
1973: Mrs. Sarah Grace Heath Butler, 95, of Poland, member of a prominent area family and long active in cultural and charitable endeavors, dies at her Audobon Lane home.
Statistics from the adjutant general’s office show that 3,000 Ohioans were killed in prolonged fighting in Vietnam and 15,050 received service connected disabilities that resulted in medical discharges.
Some 54 children from 10 nations attend Children’s International Summer Village at Sacred Heart Retreat Center on Logan Road.
1963: A 17-year-old Struthers youth is caught in a trap set by Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies to snare the person making obscene telephone calls to women in the New Springfield area.
Austintown Township Trustee Paul O. Cline withdraws assault and battery charges filed against John J. Schuller Jr., executive head of Austintown local schools, after an altercation at the Schuller home.
County Judge Edgar G. Diehm fines a Boardman bookie the maximum of $500 but suspends a six-month jail term on the condition that Donald Rodino leave Mahoning County within 90 days.
1938: Three youthful bandits hold up about 25 members of the Friendly Credit Union at the Ohev Tzedek Temple, 93 E. Myrtle Ave., escaping with loot estimated at $100.
Life sentences are meted out to three men found guilty for the gang murder of Roy “Happy” Marino after a tribunal of judges finds the third, Solly Hart of Cleveland, guilty. Also sentenced were John Anthoulis, Steubenville slot machine czar, and Herb Ross of Cleveland.
Repaving of every street in the city by the WPA will have been completed in three year, two years less than had been planned originally.