Today is Friday, June 27, the 178th day of 2014. There are 187 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1787: English historian Edward Gibbon completes work on his six-volume work, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”
1844: Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, are killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
1846: New York and Boston are linked by telegraph wires.
1864: Confederate forces repel a frontal assault by Union troops in the Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
1922: The first Newberry Medal, recognizing excellence in children’s literature, is awarded in Detroit to “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.
1944: During World War II, American forces liberate the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans.
1950: The U.N. Security Council passes a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
1989: Elmer E. Reese will retire as general manager of the Packard Electric Division of General Motors and will be succeeded by Rudolph A. Schlais, a Hubbard native and general manager of GM’s Delco Division in Dayton.
Samuel G. Amendolara, lawyer for James B. Williams III, says his client is entitled to part of his late father’s $50,000 life insurance and $35,000 estate after being found not guilty in the March 1988 bludgeoning death of the elder Williams.
The Niles Board of Education names Donald A. Andres the McKinley High School’s new head basketball coach.
1974: Thomas P. Racich, the executive director of the Youngstown Community Council for nearly five years, takes the newly created post of Youngstown district director of the Ohio Department of Public Welfare.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier rules that Gateways to a Better Living may legally establish a residential facility for retarded children at 1934 Volney Road.
City of Youngstown Law Director William J. Higgins will represent the Youngstown Board of Education against charges of racial segregation in the lawsuit filed by the NAACP against the school district.
1964: Joseph Cybulsky, a recent East High graduate who was born in a German displaced persons camp, receives a $1,600 scholarship from Wolves Den 6 of Youngstown. He plans to attend Ohio State University.
1939: A gunman whose hold-up note described himself as “desperate as hell,” escapes with $350 taken from cashier Celia Rosen at the Central Loan Co. in the Realty Building.
Roy Welsh, 18, and two younger boys are the first arrests made by Youngstown police in a crackdown on fireworks, charged with discharging fireworks at Market Street and Warren Avenue.
Hank Drazba, Youngs-town district marbles champion, ties for third place in the Central Sectional Tournament at Wildwood, N.J.