Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1861: The Congress of the Confederate States convenes in Richmond, Va.
1944: An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb fails; the explosion only wounds the Nazi leader.
1954: The Geneva Accords divides Vietnam into northern and southern entities.
1969: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module.
2009: The astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex celebrate the 40th anniversary of man’s first moon landing with their own spacewalk.
2012: A gunman opens fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people.
2013: People rally in dozens of U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil-rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch leader found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
1989: Ground is broken at the former Sokol Center building at 850 E. Midlothian Blvd. for a $4 million, 149-bed nursing home that will be known as Carrington South Health Care Center.
Alan Spitzer, the chief proponent of casino gambling in Ohio, says he has gathered half of the 300,000 signatures needed to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
Fortune magazine includes Youngstown-based Commercial Intertech Corp. among four “companies to watch.” The others are Keithley Instruments of Cleveland, Inacomp Computer Centers of Troy, Mich., and Datron Systems of Simi Valley, Calif.
1974: Seventy-eight Boy Scouts from several troops in the Mahoning Valley Council depart from Youngstown Municipal Airport for the Philmont Scout Ranch Expedition, Cimarron, N.M.
Fourteen Kent State University students are on a archeological expedition on Cyprus, which was invaded by Turkey.
Mayor Jack C. Hunter appoints these men to the Youngstown Fire Department: Robert E. Sharp, William E. Walsh, Patrick J. Taylor, William E. Casey, Joseph M. Durkin and William Pollock.
1964: The Ohio Natural Resources Department budgets $1.7 million to buy land for the new West Branch State Park at the West Branch Reservoir being built 5 miles west of Newton Falls.
Ten Austintown area residents are to appear in court on citations issued by Dog Warden Daniel E. Pecchio for failure to renew dog licenses.
The Rev. Joseph L. Kostik is honored by 800 at St. Elizabeth Church for 50 years of service to the parish. He has also served as chaplain to the First Catholic Slovak Union.
1939: About a dozen Youngstown horse booking operations are dark after federal raids in Philadelphia cut off telephone service that transmitted race results.
Ohio Bell Telephone Co. applies with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide dial telephone service to Lowellville at an additional charge of 25 cents a month.
Operators of the Milton Kennel Club dog races have abandoned the track, leaving employees to take over operations.