Years Ago

Today is Saturday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2014. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer arrives at 6:51 a.m. Eastern time.


On this date in:

1788: The United States Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.

1982: A jury in Washington, D.C., finds John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three others.


1989: Lawrence County Treasurer Robert Shaffer says the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to issue permits to local clubs that would allow them to operate small games of chance.

A string of rainy days has turned the month into the area’s second wettest June since the National Weather Service at the Youngstown Municipal Airport began keeping records in 1943, with 7.04 inches already. The wettest was in 1986, with 10.66 inches.

The Rotary Club of Boardman votes to build a new mess hall for Scouts at Camp Stambaugh, replacing the converted sheep barn that was moved 70 years earlier from near Leffingwell Road (then known as “Hell Road”) into the woods, using a Model T to pull the building on skids. It is infested with termites and its walls are held together with cables.

1974: A 53-acre farm south of the intersection of Ohio 44 and Interstate 76 in Portage County is selected as the site of the new Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.

Shirley Travaglini, 42, and her daughters, Kimberly, 5, and Kristine, 2, are held for almost an hour by two robbers who entered the Weathersfield home of Ray D. Travaglini at gunpoint. While one robber stood guard, the other ransacked the house, taking money, jewelry, guns and stocks and bonds.

1964: General Motors’ new Lordstown assembly plant will produce full-sized Chevrolets, sporty Chevelles, standard Pontiacs and small Tempests on a single production line, reports George R. Reiss, Vindicator business editor.

Ugolini Painting Co. is cleaning and repairing the bronze statues depicting justice, authority and law atop the Mahoning County Courthouse.

Dorothy Ann Hasfield of Poland, home after two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, will spend the summer at Dartmouth College training new Peace Corps volunteers.

1939: Mill Creek Park employees are spraying the golf course with a mixture of larvicide, potash soap and kerosene to control an outbreak of mosquitoes during an usually wet June.

The Youngstown Board of Education awards general contracting bids for construction of Hillman Junior High School and an addition to Scienceville High School to Charles Shutrump & Sons of Youngstown at $293,800 and Herbruck & Augenstein of Akron for $34,875.

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