Years Ago

Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1767: John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, is born in Braintree, Mass.

1798: The U.S. Marine Corps is formally re-established by a congressional act that also creates the U.S. Marine Band.

1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J.

1864: Confederate forces led by Lt. Gen. Jubal Early begin an abortive invasion of Washington, turning back the next day.

1914: Babe Ruth makes his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.

1922: The Hollywood Bowl officially opens with a program called “Symphonies Under the Stars” with Alfred Hertz conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


1989: Robert L. Pegues, former Youngstown schools superintendent and the Republican nominee for mayor, pulls out of the race citing a lack of financial support from the local GOP as his reason.

Sharon Steel Corp. announces the closing of its Brainard Strapping Division plant in Warren, which will put almost all of the plant’s 137 employees on indefinite layoff.

1974: The new Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine will not have students before fall 1975, but it has already received 250 inquiries from potential students.

Three of Ohio’s six major prisons are strikebound as guards and other correctional workers press the demand for immediate legislative action on a pay increase.

After spending $4.5 million on a survey, the Lake Erie Regional Transportation Authority learns that the Army does not intend to release any part of the Ravenna Arsenal for a regional jet airport.

1964: Youngstown business interests are told that private investments will be necessary in conjunction with the city’s urban renewal program if the downtown is to bloom again.

Mayor Anthony Flask’s Airport Advisory Committee, headed by John S. Andrews, discusses efforts to obtain improved United Airlines service at Youngstown Municipal Airport and increase revenues to try to get the airport into the “black.”

1939: Fifth Ward Councilman Carl L. Fishel requests legislation banning all public fireworks displays in the city after the right hand of 12-year-old Paul Wagner was amputated in St. Elizabeth Hospital. The boy was injured by an unexploded firework he found in Berkley Woods.

Paul V. McNutt, high commissioner of the Philippines, declines the presidency of Ohio State University because he knew he was going to be nominated by President Franklin Roosevelt as federal security administrator. The federal post pays $12,000 a year, $3,000 less than the OSU presidency.

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