Today is Tuesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2013. There are 203 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1509: England’s King Henry VIII marries his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

1770: Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovers the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.

1776: The Continental Congress forms a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

1913: Football coach Vince Lombardi and opera singer Rise Stevens are born in New York City.

1919: Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner.

1938: Johnny Vander Meer pitches the first of two consecutive no-hitters as he leads the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bees.

1942: The United States and the Soviet Union sign a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.

1962: Three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay stage an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they are never found or heard from again.

1963: In one of the most shocking images of the Vietnam War era, a Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, sets himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. (The scene is captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Malcolm Browne of The Associated Press.)


1988: Youngstown Law Director Edwin Romero tells department heads to prepare for a strike by more than 160 city employees although the chief negotiator for AFSCME Local 2312, William Van Zandt, says such talk is premature.

John Michael Jerek of Youngstown will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James W. Malone at St. Columba Cathedral June 18 and will celebrate his first Mass the next day at St. Mathias Church.

1973: Mount Union College dedicates its new administration building, Beeghly Hall, named for the late Mr. and Mrs. Leon Beeghly of Youngstown.

Daniel Crook, 18, valedictorian of the Wellsville High School graduating class, drowns in Little Beaver Creek near Fredericktown.

1963: The ground water level for the Youngstown district reaches a record low in May and an unusual amount of summer rainfall will be needed to offset potentially critically low levels by fall.

Vandals smash 37 windows at the West Federal YMCA pool.

Gov. James A. Rhodes appoints Paul E. Humes, vice president and treasurer of the Peoples Bank, to the Ohio Industrial Development Commission and William G. Lyden Jr., vice president of the Lyden Oil Co., to the Ohio Exposition Commission.

1938: Alvin W. Craver, former Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, is now postmaster of Youngstown after serving as acting postmaster since President Roosevelt made recess appointments at the end of 1937. The Senate confirms 1,000 appointments, including Craver’s.

Campbell Safety Director John M. Petruska gives the city’s 10 police officers orders to “shoot to kill” persons seen trying to break into buildings.

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