Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 2014. There are 181 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1775: Gen. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.

1863: The three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ends in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops fail to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.

1913: During a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pa., Civil War veterans re-enact Pickett’s Charge, which ends with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.

1938: President Franklin D. Roosevelt marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.


1989: Mahoning County Treasurer-elect George M. McKelvey accuses Treasurer Michael Pope of instigating the unionization of employees in the office with Teamsters Local 377 in an effort to undermine McKelvey.

Zenaida Blanco, who left Cuba in 1958 and moved to Youngstown, sees her brothers, Luis Doaades, 69, and Felix Doaades, 67, for the first time in 31 years when they arrive at Youngstown Municipal Airport for a visit.

1974: Heavy rains in the Mahoning River basin bring a rapid rise in levels of area reservoirs, leaving all above normal, except for Lake Milton, where engineers kept the levee at 942 feet because of its weakened condition.

Douglas Dawson, 20, drowns while swimming in the Lincoln Park Pool. The last drowning in a city pool was July 1971 at South Side Park.

1964: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown is honored by the Oklahoma congressional delegation for his efforts on behalf of water development in the Sooner State.

The Youngstown Civil Service Commission orders newly appointed Youngstown Patrolman Terry Martin to attend its August meeting to discuss questions raised about whether he is a legal resident of Youngstown.

Copperweld Steel Co. buys nearly $700,000 worth of electrical equipment from Allis-Chalmers, Milwaukee, for modernizing and expanding its Warren bar and rod mill.

1939: The mystery of human bones found at Youngstown’s city dumps has been solved when a Youngstown student at the Des Moines school of osteopathy tells Police Chief Carl Olson that the bones were put in the trunk of his car as a prank by fellow students. He found them when he got home and members of his family put them in the trash without his knowledge.

Youngstown police arrest 16 people over the weekend for traffic violations as they push their drive to make streets safe for the Fourth of July.

Atty. Robert Chase Reid, 25, of Cleveland, a 1930 graduate of Rayen School and son of the former Youngstown superintendent of schools O.L. Reid, is killed when an auto he was riding in overturned on Route 306 in Geauga County.

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