Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2013. There are 195 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1862: Congress passes, and President Abraham Lincoln signs, a measure abolishing slavery in U.S. territories.

1865: Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrive in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War is over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas are free.

1910: The first-ever Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Wash. (The idea for the observance is credited to Sonora Louise Smart Dodd.)

1934: The Federal Communications Commission is created; it replaces the Federal Radio Commission.


1988: State Sen. Harry Meshel, D-Youngstown, chairman of Michael S. Dukakis’ presidential campaign in Ohio, says the Democratic Party’s national platform is sure to contain a plank calling for aid to economically distressed communities such as Youngstown.

San Francisco Giants Pitcher Dave Dravecky spends Father’s Day at the Boardman home of his father, Frank, while recuperating from surgery on his shoulder.

1973: Al Shears, owner of Benita Drug Co. on Elm Street, fires several shots at the car of two robbers who were fleeing from a robbery in which they took $90 from Shears and an undetermined amount from the cash register He tells police that he believes he hit the car three or four times.

Campbell Schools Supt. Robert Hedrick notifies school employee representatives that the district does not have the cash to make the July 10 payroll and that other payrolls will be “sporadic” for the rest of the year.

1963: The Rev. Hugh Gunn, pastor of Poland Presbyterian Church, is selected moderator of the Synod of Ohio at the 82nd annual meeting at Muskingum college.

Nello Ronci, 42, of Chapel Hill Drive is charged with possessing gambling equipment after a raid by the Youngstown police security and intelligence squad.

Appellate Judge Paul Brown administers the oath of office to Judge George M. Jones, who was appointed by Gov. James A. Rhodes to the vacancy created by the death of Judge John Donahue.

1938: John B. Shaw, head of the Lawrence County Highway Department, is re-elected chairman of the Lawrence County Democratic Committee, defeating challenger Mill George by a vote of 185-13.

Donald Ingram, 18, of 3925 Riley Ave., Struthers, drowns in the Bessemer quarry, two miles from New Castle, Pa., when he was seized with cramps while swimming.

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