Years Ago

Today is Thursday, June 26, the 177th day of 2014. There are 188 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1483: Richard III begins his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).

1870: The first section of Atlantic City, N.J.’s, Boardwalk opens to the public.

1915: Following a whirlwind courtship, poet T.S. Eliot marries Vivienne Haigh-Wood in London. (The marriage proved disastrous, but the couple never divorced.)

1925: Charlie Chaplin’s classic comedy “The Gold Rush” premieres at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt is nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

1944: The Republican National Convention opens in Chicago with a keynote speech by California Gov. Earl Warren.

1945: The charter of the United Nations is signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

1950: President Harry S. Truman authorizes the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean War.

1963: President John F. Kennedy visits West Berlin, where he delivers his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city’s residents, declaring: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

1973: Former White House counsel John W. Dean tells the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” kept by the Nixon White House.


1989: Lowellville police are investigating two incidents in which shots were fired at and struck the cruiser of Patrolwoman Rosanne Rouzzo while she was on patrol. Chief William Flora says he can’t remember any other member of the force ever being fired at.

U.S. Rep. Thomas Ridge of Erie, R-21st, believes he has an alternative to the Urban Development Action Grant program that would spur economic development in regions such as the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

1974: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources orders the city of Youngstown to submit a plan to breach the weakened Lake Milton dam by July 31, with the work to be done by Sept. 30.

Charles McCullough, 71, of Fernwood Avenue is seriously injured when a huge tree toppled on his car as he was driving on Glacier Drive in Mill Creek Park.

A flare-up from charcoal lighter on an outdoor grill touches off a $12,000 fire at the Ridgefield Avenue parish home of the Rev. William Wolfgang, pastor of the Robinwood Reformed Presbyterian Church.

1964: Prison terms ranging from nine months to three years are ordered in U.S. District Court at Cleveland for Charles and Orland Carabbia of Struthers and Joseph and Elias Alexander for cheating on income tax. Each was also fined $5,000.

Local polo fans are in for plenty of action, with two matches scheduled for the Poland Polo Field: Poland Rangers vs. Darlington, Pa., and Mahoning Valley vs. Beaver Valley.

Advertisement: Al Wagner Motor Sales Inc., 3121 Market St., sells new 1964 Plymouths lower than anyone, a Savoy 2-door, $1,895; Real luxury at the lowest price ever, $2,645 for a 1964 Chrysler Newport 4-door sedan.

1939: “I’m in favor of Franklin D. Roosevelt whether it’s a third term or a fifth term,” declares Youngstown Congressman Michael J. Kirwan. He credits Roosevelt with getting the United States out of a domestic and international crisis in 1932 and 1933.

Heeding a National Safety Council appeal to help to slash the staggering Fourth of July accident toll, Youngstown police and fire officials promise to clamp down on holiday traffic and fireworks.

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