Today in history

Today is Saturday, June 29, the 180th day of 2013. There are 185 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1767: Britain approves the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to the American colonies. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament to repeal the duties — except for tea.)

1933: Actor-director Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle dies in New York at age 46.

1956: Actress Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, N.Y. (The couple also wed in a Jewish ceremony on July 1; the marriage lasted 41/2 years).

1967: Jerusalem is reunified as Israel removes barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.

1972: The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

2003: Actress Katharine Hepburn dies at age 96.


1988: Prosecutors say two accomplices have agreed to testify against Marie F. Poling of Howland, who is charged in the decapitation of her husband.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge William G. Houser orders the George Mitchell Jr. removed from his murder trial because the 43-year-old defendant repeatedly made obscene statements to the judge in court.

Youngstown is moving ahead on plans for providing sewer service to the Petro Stopping Center in Weathersfield.

Julius Torok, Campbell fire chief from 1951 until his retirement in 1976, dies of a heart ailment. He was 82.

1973: Youngstown, which has had three straight years of July Fourth holidays without a traffic fatality, is hoping to make it through a fourth.

Representatives of Youngstown and the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce tell the Army Corps of Engineers that maintaining the dam at Lake Milton should be the federal government’s responsibility.

Youngstown Model Cities advertises for a proposed $1 million South Side Community Center.

Nineteen Youngstown area liquor stores are in danger of being closed on Saturday leading into a holiday weekend by a strike by members of the Union of State Government Employees.

1963: “The Steel King”, one of the last passenger trains on the Pittsburgh-Cleveland run of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, has a hair-raising experience east of Edinburg, Pa., after coming to a screeching halt from 68 mph to avoid striking a child and a dog playing on the tracks.

The Ohio Senate approves tax exemptions on air pollution control facilities constructed by heavy industry, particularly steel mills.

Joseph W. Lines Jr., 12, of Geneva-on-the-Lake is fatally injured when a bomb he was making with two other boys out of a carbonated water cartridge exploded.

1938: Five of Mahoning County’s seven surviving Civil War veterans board a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for a reunion at Gettysburg. They are Walter Greenwood, 91; Emery Schonce, 90; James Park, 96; John Murray, 93, and Ferdinand Carson, 95. None fought at Gettysburg, but all were eager for the 75th reunion of veterans of the war.

James Pearson McAnany, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William McAnany of Volant, drowns after falling into a newly dug well at his home.

The National Park Service reports that Ohio extended its state park areas by 802 acres and its metro parks by 445 acres in 1937.

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