Years ago

Today is Saturday, June 8, the 159th day of 2013. There are 206 days left in the year.


On this date in:

A.D. 632: The prophet Muhammad dies in Medina.

1845: Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, dies in Nashville, Tenn.

1861: Voters in Tennessee approve an Ordinance of Succession passed the previous month by the state Legislature.

1915: Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns in a disagreement with President Woodrow Wilson over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.

1953: The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

1967: Thirty-four U.S. servicemen are killed when Israel attacks the USS Liberty, a Navy intelligence-gathering ship in the Mediterranean. (Israel later says the Liberty had been mistaken for an Egyptian vessel.)

1972: During the Vietnam War, an Associated Press photographer captures the image of 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc as she ran naked and severely burned from the scene of a South Vietnamese napalm attack.

1973: Gen. Francisco Franco relinquishes his post as Spain’s prime minister while remaining as chief of state.

1978: A jury in Clark County, Nev., rules the so-called “Mormon will,” purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, is a forgery.

1982: President Ronald Reagan becomes the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.


1988: A two-seat Piper Tomahawk spirals to the ground and crashes in a field in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, killing two men, Christopher Fisher, 22, and Kevin Holden, 23, from the Erie, Pa., area.

Trumbull County Commissioner Christopher Lardis will visit Toledo for insight on how to initiate a port authority for the Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1973: Youngstown district transportation companies are finding their operations hamstrung with the announcement by petroleum firms that they are cutting diesel fuel supplies by 25 percent, based on purchases made in 1972.

James W. Leonard Jr. of Girard is commissioned a second lieutenant at West Point and will go to ranger training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was president of the National Honor Society and captain of the football team at Girard High School.

1963: The Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission completes the hiring of 282 temporary summer workers to man the city’s six swimming pools and 40 playgrounds.

Robert Armstrong, 19, of Youngstown, already awaiting a hearing in Cleveland on federal counterfeiting charges, is charged by Youngstown police with larceny by trick after he tried to sell cut-up paper that he said was $10,000 worth of counterfeit currency to an undercover agent.

Dean F. Lewis of Youngstown is ordained during ceremonies at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. A second man of St. Paul’s, Joseph Kraly Jr., will be ordained June 23.

1938: William Benbre, 40, who for years had cared for his blind wife, is shot dead on Poland Avenue near Cedar Street following an argument over a debt of $1. Detectives arrest a Cedar Street man on Boardman Street near the police station.

Mahoning County Prosecutor William A. Ambrose tells a jury of nine women and three men that the state will seek the death penalty for Herbert Ross, reputed Cleveland gangster on trial for the murder of Roy “Happy” Marino.

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