Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 185th day of 2018. There are 180 days left in the year. This is

Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 185th day of 2018. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.


On this date in:

1776: The Declaration of Independence is adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

1802: The United States Military Academy officially opens at West Point, N.Y.

1817: Ground is broken for the Erie Canal in Rome, N.Y.

1826: Fifty years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both die.

1831: The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies in New York City at age 73.

1939: Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivers his famous farewell speech. He calls himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act, which would go into effect in 1967.

2008: Former Sen. Jesse Helms, an unyielding champion of the conservative movement, dies in Raleigh, N.C., at 86.

2017: The United States confirms that North Korea had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, as the North had boasted and the U.S. and South Korea had feared.


1993: The Mahoning Valley has its first “Rush Room” at the B&O Station Restaurant in Youngstown, where fans of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh can eat lunch and listen to his daily radio show.

Reggie and Margaret Grosse of Nunda, N.Y., bring their 22-foot steam-powered launch to Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County. The boat was built in 1922 and restored by the Grosses.

The Silver Anniversary Convention of the Pyrotechnic Guild International Inc., an association of amateur and professional fireworks specialists, is taking place in New Castle, Pa., home to the Vitale and Zambelli fireworks companies.

1978: The Ohio Controlling Board approves a request from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for up to $1 million in federal funds to fill six deep mineshafts in the Youngstown area.

Sidney Silverman, a former teacher and assistant football and basketball coach at Woodrow Wilson High School, is elected president of the North Side Kiwanis Club.

Terry Zaplata, 30, of Lisbon captures the all-around championship for the third straight year in the Ohio State Trapshooting Championships at Vandalia.

1968: A group from Alliance, “Far End,” places fifth among 32 teen bands selected for the national battle of bands sponsored by the Jaycees.

A Michigan glider pilot floats 206 miles from Michigan to land at the Kerner Airport in Petersburg, finding it had been abandoned two years ago. He had used an old air map to chart his flight plan.

Four young people from Youngstown leave for Scotland to spend four weeks of summer at Dundee University, six days touring England and four in Paris. They are Ellen and Jean Weaver and Linda and Edward Mayorga.

1943: Youngstowners face a dry as well as sane Independence Day celebration. A survey of stores selling bottled beer indicates the beer supply will be exhausted before the holiday.

Thomas Fletcher of Youngstown and his sister, Elizabeth Jane Kirby of Newcastle, England, are reunited after a 35-year separation. She will keep house for her brother and sister, both of whom have war jobs.

The Post Office says mail addressed to prisoners of war and civilian internees should be typewritten if possible. The mail is exempt from all postal charges.

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