Years Ago

Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2013. There are 205 days left in the year.


On this date in:

A.D. 68: The Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, ending a 13-year reign.

1863: A two-day meeting begins in New York City to found the United States Veterinary Medical Association (now the American Veterinary Medical Association).

1870: Author Charles Dickens dies in Gad’s Hill Place, England.

1911: Carrie (sometimes spelled “Carry”) A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, dies in Leavenworth, Kan., at age 64.

1940: During World War II, Norway decides to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight.

1943: The federal government begins withholding income tax from paychecks.

1953: Ninety-four people die when a tornado strikes Worcester, Mass.

1954: During the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berates Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for verbally attacking a member of Welch’s law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

1969: The Senate confirms Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

1973: Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

1978: Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strike down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

1983: The Conservative Party in Britain, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, scores a decisive election victory.

1993: As millions of Japanese watch on television, Crown Prince Naruhito weds commoner Masako Owada in an elaborate Shinto ceremony.

The science-fiction film “Jurassic Park,” directed by Steven Spielberg, has its world premiere in Washington, D.C.


1988: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes rules for dock permits at Berlin Lake that have upset property owners near the lake, who say their property is worthless if they can’t transfer dock rights when selling their land.

Most Youngstown area congressmen support a measure to expand federal Medicare coverage to long-term in-house health care. Reps. James A. Traficant Jr., Dennis Eckart, Douglas Applegate and Joseph Kolter support the proposal. Rep. Thomas Ridge is opposed.

1973: The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office takes over the investigation into the gangland-style slaying of Kenneth Sloan, 40, of Campbell, whose body was found in Beaver Township.

Standard Oil Co. of Ohio notifies the city of Youngstown that it will not guarantee an unlimited supply of fuel for city vehicles. Prices on gasoline will be guaranteed for only 30 days.

1963: Gifts totaling $16,275 are contributed in response to the silver anniversary campaign of the Friends of Youngstown University Library.

The Youngstown steel district’s biggest customer, the automobile industry, is winding up its biggest year and will be shutting down plants shortly to switch over to 1964 models.

The Ohio Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee says 10 Blue Cross executives in Northeast Ohio draw salaries of more than $12,000 a year, including John B. Morgan, executive vice president of Youngstown Associated Hospital Service Inc., who was paid $19,875.

Some 1,400 Boy Scouts from 80 troops wind up their 14th annual three-day Camporal at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

1938: The Milton Kennel Club runs 10 races at its Craig Beach dog racing track before fewer than 300 people and a Mahoning County deputy for every 20 or 25 spectators to make sure there’s no gambling.

Crandall Park caretaker Paddy Gallagher estimates that 3,000 people have come to the park to see the five cygnets hatched by the swans.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Shields are the first married couple to receive degrees in law from Youngstown College. Mr. Shields plans to practice corporate law; Mrs. Shields will do social and juvenile welfare work.

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