Years Ago

Today is Saturday, June 14, the 165th day of 2014. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.


On this date in:

1777: The Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopts a resolution specifying that “the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

1922: Warren G. Harding becomes the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcasts his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

1940: German troops enter Paris during World War II; the same day, the Nazis begin transporting prisoners to the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.

1943: The U.S. Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, rules 6-3 that children in public schools could not be forced to salute the flag of the United States.

1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

1972: The Environmental Protection Agency orders a ban on continued domestic use of the pesticide DDT to take effect at year’s end.

1994: Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini dies in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 70.

2004: The Supreme Court allows schoolchildren to keep affirming loyalty to one nation “under God.”


1989: Mahoning County Court officials are on the lookout for an unidentified woman who sought the support of two jurors for James B. Williams, 18, of North Jackson, who is being tried for murder in the killing of his father, stepmother and 5-year-old stepsister.

Niles Mayor Joseph Parise says he is imposing a moratorium on the extension of waterlines outside the city, in part because of Weathersfield Township’s outstanding bill for $27,000 for water used to fight a dump fire in March.

The recent conviction of a Youngstown man who threw a small dog to a German shepherd, which killed it, is an example of Animal Charity’s more aggressive stance against cruelty to animals, says investigator David Nelson. The man was sentenced to 60 days in jail, half of which was suspended.

1974: The rates for various recreational facilities in Mill Creek Park will cost more for people who are not residents of the city of Youngstown under a rate structure adopted by park commissioners.

Some students, faculty members and parents are protesting Youngstown Schools Superintendent Robert Pegues’ plan to switch the assignments of Emanuel Catsoules, principal of Rayen School, and John Maluso, principal of Chaney High School.

Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. is spending $2 million on improvements to its specialty steel division on South Montgomery Avenue in Youngstown.

1964: Foes of the proposed Lake Erie-Ohio River waterway appear to have had success in keeping the project out of the congressional rivers and harbors authorization bill, which would delay its consideration by Congress for two years.

Fifty Youngstown area Air Force reservists leave for Elmendorf AFB at Anchorage, Alaska, where they will join 500 other reservists for a summer training exercise, “Operation King Crab V.”

Carolton B. Lees of Boston, executive secretary of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, says during dedication of the Garden Center at Mill Creek Park that gardening as an art is a necessity for people in an increasingly mechanized society.

1939: The Ohio Supreme Court upholds Youngstown’s right to recover $8,200 from former finance director Hugh Hindman and his bonding firm for an alleged shortage in city finances at the end of the Mark E. Moore administration.

Five hundred men are being called back to work at the Valley Mould & Iron Co. after sufficient orders are accumulated to reopen the plant after a 10-day closure.

Tom Gillespie, one of the last of the old-time fiddlers who came to Youngstown from Ireland in 1880, dies at his home at 617 Belmont Ave. He was 78.

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