Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2013. There are 202 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1776: Virginia’s colonial legislature becomes the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.

1898: Philippine nationalists declare independence from Spain.

1920: The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominates Warren G. Harding for president on the tenth ballot; Calvin Coolidge is nominated for vice president.

1939: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.


1988: Thirty-eight pilots who chipped in to buy the Warren Airport for $190,000 say they’ve saved a valuable asset and plan to improve it. The airport will be renamed Skeets Airport Inc.

The Bickerstaff name, one of the most recognized locally among stock car racers, is continuing the tradition, but Jim Bickerstaff Jr. has taken up racing All Terrain Vehicles, not stock cars.

1973: Mustafa Abbas, 46, is pistol whipped and shot at three times with his own gun by a thug who attempted to rob him at his Shehy Market, 786 Shehy St.

Ernie “Fats” Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman, pleads guilty to information on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a March 16 shooting spree at trucks and a state Highway Patrol helicopter. Mahoning County common Pleas Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt sets a probation hearing for June 21.

Lyle Waggoner and Karen Valentine star in “Born Yesterday,“ opening at the Kenley Players at the W. D. Packard Music Hall in Warren.

1963: George T. Peterson, traffic manager of Standard Slag Co., will direct the Youngstown area’s first United Appeal drive.

Danny Luce of Hubbard, winner of the Youngstown Vindicator spelling bee, survives the eight rounds of the first day of the national bee in Washington, D.C.

1938: The Rev. Dr. Beverley D. Tucker is named bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio.

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