Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2014. There are 176 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1663: King Charles II of England grants a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.

1776: Col. John Nixon gives the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

1853: An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.

1889: The Wall Street Journal is first published. (Price of a copy: two cents.)

1907: Florenz Ziegfeld stages his first “Follies,” on the roof of the New York Theater.


1989: A deal to sell GF Corp., the Youngstown furniture manufacturer, to Westinghouse Electric Co. falls through, with no explanation made public.

New Castle obstetrician Dr. Rifatt Bassaly delivers three sets of twins in a single day at Jameson Memorial Hospital. The twins are born to Perry and Jodi Cugini, Ralph and Joni Dottle and Melvin and Kerry Kennedy.

1974: Salem Mayor T. Emerson Smith, 71, dies in Community Hospital following surgery for an aortic aneurism.

Avalon pro Tony Joy receives the Youngstown District Amateur Golf Association “Golfer of the Year” award.

1964: By a 5-2 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court upholds the state’s anti-gambling laws that ban the printing and sale of numbers game slips. A Columbiana County Common Pleas Court had ruled the law unconstitutional in a case involving the Lisbon Sales Book Co.

An Allied Van Lines truck loaded with 17,000 pounds of furniture rolls out of control for 11/2 blocks in Griffith Street before slamming into a house at 1109 Griffith St., injuring Mrs. Diane Williams, 23, who was preparing dinner when the truck hit.

Gov. James A. Rhodes says he won’t have any trouble raising the $750,000 needed to bring the 1968 Republican National Convention to Cleveland, and he plans to be Cleveland’s biggest salesman at the Republican convention opening in San Francisco.

1939: The New Waterford dairy farm of Willis Rupert and his two sons, Donald and Raymond, has electric milking machines and electric refrigeration and attracts scores of visitors interested in modern farming methods.

After going about for a day with a broken neck without knowing it, Joseph Jackson Jr., 19, is in South Side Hospital hopeful that he may recover in time to enter Yale University for which he took the entrance exam after graduating from Poland Seminary High School.

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