Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2014. There are 203 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1509: England’s King Henry VIII marries his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

1770: Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovers the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.

1864: German composer Richard Strauss, known for such operas as “Der Rosenkavalier,” “Salome” and “Elektra” and tone poems like “Also sprach Zarathustra,” is born in Munich.

1919: Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner.

1938: Johnny Vander Meer pitches the first of two consecutive no-hitters as he leads the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bees. (Four days later, Vander Meer refuses to give up a hit to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost, 6-0.)

1942: The United States and the Soviet Union sign a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.

1959: The Saunders-Roe Nautical 1, the first operational hovercraft, is publicly demonstrated off the southern coast of England.

1962: Three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay stage an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again.

1963: A Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, sets himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

1977: Seattle Slew wins the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.

1987: Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives hold onto a reduced majority in Parliament.

1993: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that people who commit “hate crimes” motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment; the court also rules religious groups have a constitutional right to sacrifice animals in worship services.

2001: Timothy McVeigh, 33, is executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

2004: The nation bids a lingering goodbye to former President Ronald Reagan at a stately funeral service in Washington, D.C., followed hours later by a hilltop burial ceremony in his beloved California.

Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is again spared the death penalty when jurors who’d convicted him of 161 murder counts in a state trial deadlocked over his sentence.


1989: GF Corp. announces it has reached an agreement to sell “substantially all” of its office furniture business, a move that could bring an end to one of Youngstown’s oldest companies.

The Rev. Jose Alberto Vazquez of Poland and the Rev. Charles Poore of Conneaut are ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in ceremonies at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.

1974: A federal judge in Pittsburgh orders the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to pay $512,000 to Eazor Express Co. for losses incurred during a 36-day wildcat strike in late 1968.

Randall J. and Ronald H. Wean, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Wean of Youngstown, both graduates of Austintown Fitch High School, are in Haiti as participants in a pilot program between Geneva College and two Haitian radio stations.

1964: The 2,400-member Local 555, Natural Gas Workers Union, votes 1,094 to 482 to accept a one-year contract with the East Ohio Gas Co., averting a strike in 16 northeastern Ohio counties.

R.E. Williams, executive vice president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., tells the Youngstown Rotary Club that he sees good business for the rest of 1964 and steadily expanding business in the next decade.

The Mayor’s Human Relations Commission votes to send letters to all civil rights action groups in Youngstown offering assistance in pursuing any grievances.

1939: Speaking at the dedication of the remodeled Poland Seminary High School, Dr. Ralph Hutchison, president of Washington and Jefferson College, says that a false philosophy has permeated education, one that “glorifies big business, big industry, big organizations” over individual achievement.

Roberta Ziesman, 17, is awarded Girl Scouting’s highest award of the golden eaglet during a court of honor in the Butler Art Gallery.

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