Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2014. There are 189 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1876: Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

1888: The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominates Benjamin Harrison for the presidency. (Harrison went on to win the election, defeating President Grover Cleveland.)

1910: President William Howard Taft signs the White-Slave Traffic Act, more popularly known as the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

1943: Congress passes, over President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veto, the Smith-Connally Anti-Strike Act, which allows the federal government to seize and operate privately owned war plants facing labor strikes.

1950: War breaks out in Korea as forces from the communist North invade the South.

1962: The United States Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, rules 6-1 that recitation of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools is unconstitutional.


1989: Lawyers for U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. say a civil case against the congressman seeking payment of taxes on bribes is a face-saving effort by the federal government because Traficant beat related criminal charges.

Consumer watchdogs in Ohio say state Senate leaders are blocking action on a House-passed bill placing a moratorium on construction of medical waste incinerators in the state.

The city has assigned additional police to patrol the North Side Pool area, but neighbors say that if problems with drugs, violence and vandalism continue, 1989 should be the last year that the pool is open.

1974: The Western Reserve Transit Authority’s passenger revenue for May dropped 6.4 percent, compared to the same month a year earlier, Abe Harshman, secretary-treasurer, tells the WRTA board.

The Lakeview High School marching band flies to San Francisco on a chartered United Airlines plane to perform at the Lions International convention. The flight is being paid for by the Cortland Lions Club.

At the Kenley Players in Warren, Paul Lynde in a new comedy, “Mother is Engaged,” and at the Carousel Theater in Ravenna, Ann B. Davis in “One Up, One Down and One Pending.”

1964: James E. Corbett, 43, of 345 Seifert-Lewis Road, Hubbard, business agent of the 580-member Structural Iron Workers Local 207, is found shot to death in the bedroom of his home.

Dr. John Jacob Richeson, 90, of Akron-Youngstown Road, North Jackson, superintendent of Youngstown schools from 1926 to 1931, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home.

Dena Evans, wife of Youngstown opthalmologist Dr. William H. Evans, is elected president of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the American Medical Association at the 41st annual convention in San Francisco.

1939: Final results of a poll on daylight saving time sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce show that Youngstowners favor the summer change by nearly 3 to 1.

The Youngstown fire department will require 51 additional men when it goes to a 72-hour work week and two South Side fires stations are opened.

Westlake apartments being built by the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority will provide housing for families with annual incomes as low as $500 under guidelines released by the U.S. Housing Authority in Washington.

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