Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2013. There are 199 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1215: England’s King John puts his seal to the Magna Carta (“the Great Charter”) at Runnymede.

1219: Forces led by King Valdemar II of Denmark defeat the Estonians in the Battle of Lyndanisse.

1775: The Second Continental Congress votes unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

1836: Arkansas becomes the 25th state.

1849: James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, dies in Nashville, Tenn.

1864: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signs an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

1902: The 20th Century Limited, an express passenger train between New York and Chicago, begins service. (The Limited made its last run in December 1967.)

1904: More than 1,000 people die when fire erupts aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York’s East River.

1944: American forces begin their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carry out their first raids on Japan.


1988: Levels of Mahoning County reservoirs continue to shrink during a whither heat wave, and local water services are urging customers to conserve, while saying that they are not concerned with being able to supply their users at this time.

A number of parents address the Warren Board of Education, decrying plans to merge the city’s two high schools in an effort to offset a projected $6.5 million shortfall.

Reflecting election year politics, U.S. House members vote to pass up a $3,580 increase in their $89,500 salaries, with all Mahoning and Shenango valley representatives except Joseph Kolter, D-Pa.-4th, voting to forgo the raise.

1973: Rose Mary Woods, the Sebring native who has been Richard M. Nixon’s secretary since 1951, is given a new title of executive assistant to the president and a pay raise, the amount of which is not being released.

Incoming business at Commercial Shearing Inc. continues at a high level with a backlog of orders of more than $40 million at the end of the first half of the fiscal year.

The Trumbull County Charter Commission’s proposed governmental modifications would allow the county to rule itself through a legislative council and an executive branch overseen by a county executive who would be paid $27,500 a year.

1963: A fire of undetermined origin races through parts of East Market Street School in Warren, causing extensive damage.

Youngstown Fire Chief Fred G. Bowser says possession of fireworks is illegal in Ohio and the city and violators will be prosecuted. He urged parents especially to make their children aware of the dangers.

Two known car thieves, ages 15 and 17, are being held in Warren after the theft of a car led to a high-speed chase through downtown Warren that ended after police shot out the tires on Howland Wilson Road.

1938: A small fund created by the Salem High School Alumni Association in 1907 provides scholarships for two members of each graduating class. Among the recipients have been nationally known artist Charles Burchfield; Joseph Marsilia, prominent Cleveland opera singer; and Mrs. Marion Cox, the former Ella Thea Smith, high school biology teacher.

A Mahoning County jury of nine women and three men finds Herbie Ross, Cleveland racketeer, guilty of the first degree murder of Roy “Happy” Marino and recommends mercy to the court.

Michael J. Scanlon, Pennsylvania Railroad engineer, whose tremolo whistle was known up and down the yards from Struthers to Niles, dies in his cab an hour before quitting time. He was 60 years old.

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