Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2013. There are 192 days left in the year.


On this date:

1870: The United States Department of Justice is created.

1937: Joe Louis begins his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago.

1940: During World War II, Adolf Hitler gains a stunning victory as France is forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.

1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights.”

1970: President Richard Nixon signs an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that lowers the minimum voting age to 18.

1993: Former first lady Pat Nixon dies in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81. VINDICATOR FILES

1988: Mahoning County Prosecutor Gary Van Brocklin inquires into the relationship between the South Side Merchants Association and the Mahoning County Democratic Party and annual contributions the license bureau made to the party.

In Youngstown the mercury hits 94 degrees, on the first day of summer, breaking the old record of 92.

Thomas Cardarelli, superintendent of Youngstown’s wastewater treatment plant, says the city’s new $54 million secondary treatment plant meets all EPA standards and should receive its certification in July.

1973: In the wake of a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that says community standards should play a role in determining what is obscene, the Youngstown Law Department is preparing an ordinance that would prohibit the showing of movies with questionable social value in certain sections of the city.

Ernie “Fats” Holmes will be in the starting line-up of the Pittsburgh Steelers when the new football season opens after Mahoning County Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt places him on five years’ probation after Holmes pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Mahoning County commissioners consider a petition of 25 Coitsville property owners who want 107 acres of the township annexed to Campbell

1963: Mayor Harry N. Savasten reduces the annual street resurfacing program from $357,000 to $206,000, which will allow all of the work to be completed in one construction season.

I.L. Feuer, Mahoning County welfare director, says the Youngstown area’s future is dismal unless thousands of jobs can be created through a sharply expanded industrial employment program.

The Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority announces that it has completed 498 additional housing units, including those at the new Michael J. Kirwan homes.

1938: More than 15,000 children pack Idora Park by noon for The Youngstown Vindicator’s 15th annual Kiddies Day.

At least 2,000 Youngstown area fans go by train and bus to Cleveland for the crucial doubleheader between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees.

A Watt Street woman is held to the grand jury on a $10,000 bond after being accused of forging endorsements on two $4 relief checks. Postal inspector James Buckley signed the affidavits.

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