Today is Friday, June 28, the 179th day of 2013. There are 186 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, are assassinated in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip — the event that sparked World War I.

1919: The Treaty of Versailles is signed in France, ending the First World Wa.

1922: The Irish Civil War begins between rival nationalists over the Anglo-Irish Treaty establishing the Irish Free State. (The conflict lasted nearly a year, resulting in defeat for anti-treaty forces.)

1944: The Republican National Convention in Chicago nominates New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president and Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker for vice president.

1978: The Supreme Court orders the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke,a white man who argued he’d been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.

2003: After days of searching by ground and air, U.S. forces find the bodies of two soldiers missing north of Baghdad, bringing the toll of American dead since the start of the Iraq war to 200. (By the war’s end in 2012, 4,486 Americans had died.)


1988: The B.J. Alan Co. of Youngstown and 24 other fireworks companies win a case with the Interstate Commerce Commission to force the United Parcel Service to deliver Class C fireworks to customers in other states.

Some 3,000 people attend a performance at the Austintown Fitch Stadium of “All that Brazz,” a competition involving eight drum and bugle corps that is sponsored by the Austintown Kiwanis Club.

1973: A $675,000, three-year study by the Pittsburgh District of the Army Corps of Engineers of the 3,000-square-mile Beaver River Basin will not concern itself with the controversial “stub canal.”

The 7th District Court of Appeals orders Mahoning County commissioners to allow Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Lariccia to annex their food market at 609 Midlothian Blvd. from Boardman Township to the city of Youngstown.

1963: Common Pleas Judge Forest J. Cavalier sentences Joseph J. “Fats” Aiello to 60 days in county jail on a concealed weapons charge, and the judge urges him to leave the community after serving his time.

Atty. Samuel S. Fekett, former Youngstown law director, pleads innocent in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to two counts of attempted extortion and one count of extortion.

The arrest of two Youngstown men, one of them a paroled killer, has apparently cleared up a long list of burglaries in Liberty Township, says Liberty Chief John Bluedorn.

1938: Thomas B. Williams, 20, of Steubenville, sings, “This is a mean old world to live in and try to stay in ’till you die,” as he’s led to the Ohio Penitentiary’s electric chair for the murder of an aged Steubenville synagogue caretaker.

Draftsmen in the city engineer’s office are working on a day and night schedule as city officials rush to complete plans for the proposed $5 million PWA improvements program.

The Youngstown Civic Chorus directed by W. Gwynne Jenkins wins the chief choral contest at the Warren National Eisteddfod. It is the second time the chorus, numbering 175 voices, has won.

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