Years Ago

Today is Monday, July 29, the 210th day of 2013. There are 155 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1890: Artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

1921: Adolf Hitler becomes the leader (“fuehrer”) of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1948: Britain’s King George VI opens the Olympic Games in London.

1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.

1967: An accidental rocket launch aboard the supercarrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin results in a fire and explosions that kill 134 servicemen.

1993: The Israeli Supreme Court acquits retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard “Ivan the Terrible” and throws out his death sentence; Demjanjuk is set free.


1988: A Trumbull County jury deliberates for four hours before finding Marie Poling, 29, guilty of aggravated murder in the death of her husband, Richard, of Howland Township.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicts five Cleveland men on charges connected with the July 17 death of Warren resident Daniel Gilmore in Cleveland.

1973:The city of Youngstown has been ordered to show cause in U.S. District Court in Cleveland why a permanent injunction should not be issued to prevent shutting off water service because of unpaid bills to South Side families and other residents in certain circumstances.

1963: George Milton Humphreys, 2 Ω-year- old son of Mr. And Mrs. Carl Humphreys of Newton Falls, is run over by a car at Lake Milton beach but emerges without serious injury.

James A Robertson, superintendent of the hydraulic department at Commercial Shearing & Stamping Co., is killed when his rowboat collides with a speedboat on Conneaut Lake.

1938: Testifying before a Senate civil liberties committee, Frank Purnell, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., says that during the 1937 “Little Steel” strike the company’s arsenal contained $10,000 worth of tear gas, eight machine guns, 452 revolvers, 314 pistols and 190 shotguns.

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