Years Ago

Today is Monday, June 30, the 181st day of 2014. There are 184 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1859: French acrobat Charles Blondin walks back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watch.

1886: Arturo Toscanini, a 19-year-old cellist, makes his legendary conducting debut as he steps in as a last-minute substitute to lead the orchestra of an Italian touring company’s performance of the Verdi opera “Aida” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1908: The Tunguska Event takes place in Russia as an asteroid explodes above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.

1912: Canada’s deadliest tornado on record occurs as a cyclone strikes Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, killing 28 people.

1921: President Warren G. Harding nominates former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White.

1933: The Screen Actors Guild is established.

1934: Adolf Hitler launches his “blood purge” of political and military rivals in Germany in what comes to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”

1958: The U.S. Senate passes the Alaska statehood bill by a vote of 64-20.

1972: For the first time, a leap-second is added to Coordinated Universal Time to account for the slowing rotation of the Earth.

1984: John Turner is sworn in as Canada’s 17th prime minister, succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau. (However, Turner held the post for less than three months.)

1985: Thirty-nine American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner are freed in Beirut after being held 17 days.


1989: The embattled superintendent of Warren City Schools, John Peckyno, resigns, ending weeks of speculation about his future with the financially troubled district.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announces that an agreement has been reached with Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. to settle civil charges of securities law violations with the payment of $3 million.

Youngstown area gasoline prices will be $1.06 per gallon during the Fourth of July holiday period, 4 cents less than they were during the Memorial Day weekend.

1974: The Rev. Billy James Hargis and his “All-American Kids” will perform “An Evening of Patriotism and Praise” at Calvary Temple, 3000 S. Raccoon Road.

Youngstown area families employing private duty nurses will find the cost increasing from $36.90 to $48 for an eight-hour day.

A 30-day strike of Local 1519, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, against State Chevrolet Co. ends when the two sides sign a contract giving the employees a 30-percent wage increase over a three-year period. Top scale will be $6.07 an hour for body technicians and $5.75 for service technicians at the end of the contract.

1964: Columbus police hand out 175 citations to violators of Ohio’s “blue laws” in a crackdown on stores doing business on Sunday in the state’s capital.

Jack E. Gerke, valedictorian of Girard High School, is appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department confiscates a large assortment of fireworks from four sites in the county where they were being sold.

1939: Youngstown district industrial activities are expected to reach the highest point in nearly two years after the July Fourth holiday with 13 of 25 blast furnaces in operation, as well as 46 open hearths and three Bessemer converters.

Scher Tailors retains first place in the Class AA league, defeating Youngstown Sheet & Tube, 6-2, before 10,000 fans at Oakland Field.

Officials of Salem China Co. announce that the firm will have its regular line on display at the New York Houseware Association’s show in New York City in July. The display will feature several new styles and patterns.

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