Years Ago

Today is Thursday, July 10, the 191st day of 2014. There are 174 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1509: Theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, is born in Noyon, Picardy, France.

1919: President Woodrow Wilson personally delivers the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urges its ratification. (However, the Senate rejected it.)

1929: American paper currency is reduced in size as the government begins issuing bills that are approximately 25 percent smaller.

1940: During World War II, the Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces begin attacking southern England by air. (The Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious.)

1951: Armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War begin at Kaesong.

1962: AT&T’s Telstar 1 communications satellite, capable of relaying television signals and telephone calls, is launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral.

1973: The Bahamas become fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.

1985: The Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior is sunk with explosives in Auckland, New Zealand, by French intelligence agents; one activist is killed.

1989: Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices,” including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, dies in Los Angeles at age 81.


1989: Uncut grass is taking over Niles city parks and obscuring fire hydrants while the city struggles to get all the work done with only seven summer workers from the Trumbull County Private Industry Council. Unions representing Niles service employees blocked the hiring of additional summer workers.

Robert T. Bennett, Ohio Republican Party chairman, tells politics writer Bertram de Souza that the GOP has a five-year plan to attract black members of the party.

Sister Thecla McManamon, a Humility of Mary nun who began nursing at St. Elizabeth Hospital in 1912, will celebrate her 100th birthday July 25 at Villa Maria.

1974: South Side Pool lifeguard Cleo Grant and pool manager Earl Hargrove save Terry Reed, 15, who was struggling to stay afloat in 10 feet of water.

Two Ohio men, David Belasco, 27, of University Heights, and William Cruise, 25, of Akron, win their sex discrimination suit against Capitol International Airways, which is ordered by a federal court in Philadelphia to hire men as well as women as flight attendants.

The 7th District Court of Appeals reverses a ruling by Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier that enjoined county and city schools from establishing monopolies in the sale of class rings in high schools.

1964: Carol Lynne Berndt, 21, of 35 Gypsy Lane, a United Airlines hostess, is among 39 people killed when a four-engine UAL Viscount crashes in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes and Ohio national committeeman Ray Bliss give Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater a big boost in his drive for the Republican presidential nomination by releasing Ohio delegates to vote their choice on the first nomination ballot. A majority of Ohio’s delegates favor Goldwater over Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton.

Youngstown’s 5,500 orange fire hydrants are being painted bright turquoise by two groups of 12 laborers hired for six-week summer tours.

1939: Mahoning County WPA projects remain strike-free, while 200 men are reported to have walked off projects in East Liverpool, Lisbon and Columbiana County in protest over the extension of the WPA work schedule to 130 hours a month with no increase in pay.

Roland Haynie, 28, of Braceville drowns in the Mahoning River near Newton Falls after jumping in the water in response to the screams of two young nieces whose inflated tubes were pulled into the swift current. Haynie pushed the girls toward calmer water and was then swept away.

Paul Wagner, 12, of Berkley Avenue is in danger of losing his hand which was injured when he attempted to ignite an unexploded firework found in picnic grounds near his home.

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