Today is Wednesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2013. There are 188 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1870: The first section of Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk is opened to the public.
1950: President Harry S. Truman authorizes the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
1963: President John F. Kennedy visits West Berlin, where he delivers his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city’s residents, declaring: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).
1973: Former White House counsel John W. Dean tells the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” kept by the Nixon White House.
1993: President Bill Clinton announces the U.S. has launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of “compelling evidence” Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.
2003: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Lawrence v. Texas, strikes down, 6-3, state bans on gay sex.
1988: Documents being released in U.S. District Court in Cleveland show that pots as large as $75,000 were gambled at the All-American Club, a full-blown casino in Campbell that was closed by the FBI in 1987.
The Mahoning County Bar Association establishes a committee to respond when area judges who are criticized by the press or public in ways that the lawyers think is reckless or unjust. Judges are prohibited from discussing cases in which they are involved.
1973: Jack Augenstein, superintendent of Youngstown Diocesan Schools, says the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that offering tax deduction to parents of non-public school students for tuition payments is unconstitutional, doesn’t recognize the sacrifice parents are making to maintain freedom of choice in education.
Martin Scheuer of Boardman says he has some hope that justice will be served after the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal filed by the parents of three of the students slain at Kent State University in May 1970, including his daughter, Sandra.
1963: Joseph Jasper “Fats” Aeillo, who was arrested in a police crackdown on gangsters in April, drops his request for a jury trial and accepts a 60-day license suspension from Judge John Leskovyansky for driving through a red light at S. Hazel and W. Federal streets.
Little Sheri Castilla of Hubbard dies in St. Vincent Hospital in Cleveland after undergoing an arduous heart operation to correct a blocked pulmonary artery. She was 21/2.
A fire at the Ohio Edison Co.’s Belmont Avenue substation causes widespread outages on the city’s North Side and West Side. Traffic lights were out at some of the city’s busiest intersections, causing serious congestion.
1938: Nine choruses from three states and one from Canada assemble in Warren for the national Eisteddfod, the famous Welsh festival of music.
Three masked bandits rob Mr. and Mrs. Henrich Rich, local cafe proprietors, and their daughter, Rose, of $500 as they left their home at 4416 Market St. at 6:20 a.m.