Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1655: French dramatist and novelist Cyrano de Bergerac dies in Paris at 36.
1794: Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, is sent to the guillotine.
1914: World War I begins as Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
1928: The Summer Olympic games open in Amsterdam.
1945: A U.S. Army bomber crashes into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
The U.S. Senate ratifies the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.
1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he is increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 “almost immediately.”
1984: The Los Angeles Summer Olympics opens.
1989: Israeli commandos abduct a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim cleric, Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid, from his home in south Lebanon.
2004: The Democratic National Convention in Boston nominates John Kerry for president.
2009: The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice, over nearly solid Republican opposition.
1989: Campbell City Council tables legislation to place a charter amendment on the ballot making the mayor’s job full-time.
The Girard Board of Education raises lunch prices at the high school from $1 to $1.25 and milk from 20 cents to 25 cents.
U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. takes his fight with the Internal Revenue Service to the House floor, introducing an amendment that would cut by 100 the number of new positions proposed for the IRS.
1974: Thirteen days of fearing the worst come to a joyful end for Charles Fentules of 15 Illinois Ave. when he learns that five members of his family are safe on the war-torn island of Cypress. They were vacationing when Turkish troops invaded .
Three Trumbull County students —David Yovich of Howland, Stephe Stabile of John F. Kennedy and Lloyd Zimmet of Joseph Badger High — will spend the next school year abroad as Rotary exchange students.
Judge Leroy J. Contie Jr. of U.S. District Court issues an order restoring Don Gosney to the Columbiana County Board of Elections. Secretary of State Ted W. Brown refused to reappoint Gosney, saying his employment by U.S. Rep. Wayne Hayes was a conflict of interest.
1964: A Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon will be built on N. Lipkey Road in North Jackson. A 55-foot tower will be topped with a 16-foot statue and will cost $200,000.
U.S. Steel Corp.’s American Bridge Division gets the contract for structural steel work at the General Motors plant in Lords-town.
Ohio’s Bureau of Unemployment Compensation postpones indefinitely the opening of its Mahoning Valley Vocational School for school dropouts, draft rejectees and other “disadvantaged” young men.
1939: Galen Elser, 21-year-old son of Sheriff Ralph Elser, escapes death when he bails out of his tiny homemade airplane after it failed to come out of a loop and broke up in the air above Bernard Airport.
Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans asks striking carpenters to resume work on a $3.5 million housing project and submit their dispute with the General Contractors and Builders Association to arbitration.