Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year.
On this date in:
A.D. 64: The Great Fire of Rome begins, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.)
1944: Hideki Tojo is removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II.
American forces in France capture the Normandy town of St. Lo.
1947: President Harry S. Truman signs a Presidential Succession Act, which places the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
1964: Nearly a week of rioting erupts in New York’s Harlem neighborhood following the fatal police shooting of a black teenager, James Powell, two days earlier.
1969: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., leaves a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car goes off a bridge into the water. (Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.)
1984:Gunman James Huberty opens fire at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.
2004: A spokesman says California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as “girlie men,” despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark is sexist and homophobic.
2009: The Taliban posts a video of an American soldier who’d gone missing June 30, 2009, from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured; in the recording, the soldier (later identified as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl) says he is “scared I won’t be able to go home.”
Authorities in Tennessee arrest Jacob Shaffer in the deaths of six people, five of whom were found slain near Fayetteville; the sixth body was discovered in Huntsville, Ala. (The victims included Shaffer’s wife, her father, her brother and teenage son. Shaffer later admitted to all the killings and was sentenced to life in prison.)
2013: Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit becomes the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.
1989: After successful protests at abortion clinics in Pittsburgh and Wheeling, W. Va., abortion opponents from the Franciscan University of Steubenville say they are just beginning their efforts to stop abortions in Youngstown.
Members of Ohio’s health insurance industry say there is no reason to expect Youngstown state Rep. Robert F. Hagan’s proposed statewide health care system to be better than private insurance.
A bankruptcy judge in New York approves LTV Steel Co.’s plan to sell its idle coke battery in Alliquippa to Warren Consolidated Industries.
1974: Fire of undetermined origin roars through a 10-stall horse barn at Waterford Park, killing nine thoroughbred racehorses.
Second quarter earnings of the Lykes-Youngstown Corp. climbed to more than $32 million or about $3.30 a share, says Frank Nemec, president of the company.
Youngstown Police Chief Donald G. Baker says 12 members of the Police Department who have pleaded guilty to theft charges will not remain on the force. They will be asked to resign, and if they refuse, they will be fired.
1964: The Mahoning County Board of Child Welfare unanimously votes to put a one-mill, $900,000 tax levy on the November ballot to build a new school for retarded children in the county.
A high-speed chase by Austintown police of a stolen car being driven by a Niles teen-ager ends with the crash of both vehicles on a curve in Four Mile Run Road.
Ohio delegates to the Republican National Convention in San Francisco tell Vindicator Political Editor Clingan Jackson that the party’s presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater, will carry Ohio against President Lyndon Johnson in November.
1939: Robert Wadsworth, head of Wadsworth & Co., is named a member of the Youngstown Board of Education to succeed Atty. Guy Ohl, who resigned to run for mayor of Youngstown.
The 19-county Akron district of the WPA, which includes Mahoning County, will drop about 4,500 workers to conform to a national trimming of 300,000 names from WPA rolls.
John A. Lyden, secretary- treasurer of the Lyden Oil Co., says his company will begin receiving gasoline shipped in Ohio River tank barges, saving Youngstown area customers thousands of dollars annually in freight charges.