Today is Wednesday, July 24, the 205th day of 2013. There are 160 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1862: Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a U.S. citizen, dies at age 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y., the town where he was born in 1782.

1911: Yale University history professor Hiram Bingham III finds the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu, in Peru.

1937: The state of Alabama drops charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the “Scottsboro Case.”

1952: President Harry S. Truman announces a settlement in a 53-day steel strike.

1959: During a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engages in his famous “Kitchen Debate” with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splash down safely in the Pacific.

1974: The Supreme Court unanimously rules that President Richard Nixon has to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

1983: A two-run homer by George Brett of the Kansas City Royals is disallowed and Brett called out after New York Yankees manager Billy Martin points out there was too much pine tar on Brett’s bat. American League president Lee MacPhail later reinstated the home run.

1998: The motion picture “Saving Private Ryan,” starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg, is released.

2002: Nine coal miners become trapped in a flooded tunnel of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ends happily 77 hours later with the rescue of all nine.

2003: The House and Senate intelligence committees issue their final report on the attacks of September 11, 2001, citing countless blunders, oversights and miscalculations that prevented authorities from stopping the attackers.


1988: Farmers at the Damascus Livestock Auction find that hay prices are rising and livestock prices falling due to the drought.

A report issued by the Ohio EPA shows that Carbon Limestone Landfill in Poland Township took in nearly half of all out-of-state waste brought into Ohio in 1987.

A crowd of 2,085 see the WBL Pride beat the Vancouver Nighthawks 122-110 at Beeghly center before going on a two-week road trip.

1973:Ina Cooper is retiring as director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections after a career of 49 years..

GF Business Equipment reports second quarter earnings of $722,400, up 400 percent over 1972, on sales of $24.7 million.

1963: Youngstown Lawyer Vince Serman, Poland tavern owner Lenine Strollo, and Nick Zappia are found guilty of possession of counterfeit bills.

Parella Construction Co. and Youngstown Pneumatic Concrete Construction Co. are awarded contracts by the Youngstown board of control for the $1.2 million sidewalk reconstruction project.

James W. Cox Jr., 15-year-old Struthers High School junior, is the piano accompanist for “Three Penny Opera,” which opens a three-week run at the Theater Downstairs at the Youngstown Playhouse.

1938: Youngstown hasn’t had a Cedar Street Bridge for 15 years, but it will have a new one if voters approve a bond issue that will be combined with WPA funds to finance a $5 million improvement program.

E.E. “Rip” Miller, line guard for Navy and one of the most outstanding football figures in the country, will speak when service clubs of the city launch the ticket sale for Youngstown College’s first football season.

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