Today is Saturday, July 14, the 195th day of 2018. There are 170 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1789: In an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris storm the Bastille prison and release the seven prisoners inside.

1798: Congress passes the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the United States government.

1881: Outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias “Billy the Kid,” is shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner in present-day New Mexico.

1913: Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, is born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb.

1914: Scientist Robert H. Goddard receives a U.S. patent for a liquid-fueled rocket apparatus.

1933: All German political parties, except the Nazi Party, are outlawed.

1945: Italy formally declares war on Japan, its former Axis partner, during World War II.

1966: Eight student nurses are brutally slain in a South Side Chicago dormitory.

1980: Republican national convention opens in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan tells supporters he seeks to “make America great again.”

2004: The Senate scuttles a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.


1993: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. increases its offer from $650,000 to $850,000 for a 21-acre Lawrence County-owned parcel in Shenango Township.

State and local officials are distributing thousands of fliers depicting a clay reconstruction of the face of Jane Doe, whose body was found in a wooded area off Alice Avenue in Hubbard Township on Nov. 16, 1989.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Scott Krichbaum sentences former Mahoning County Coroner Nathan Belinky, 79, to a six-month prison term and a fine of $57,500 after he pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges. He will serve 30 days in a CCA halfway house and five months on monitored house arrest.

1978: Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich says he will not rehire 13 city police officers who were fired for refusing to patrol in one-man cruisers. The firings precipitated a strike by 1,500 policemen that left the city of 700,000 virtually without protection.

U.S. District Judge Leroy J. Contie orders the Youngstown Board of Education to file additional information within a week concerning its proposed faculty desegregation.

Donald H. Hornickle of Boardman is hired as superintendent of Springfield Local Schools on a two-year contract at an annual salary of $25,000.

1968: Charlotte Nachim of Liberty Township and a neighbor, Joseph Scavnicky, who came to her aid, were stabbed by a teenager who broke into the woman’s Esme Drive home. Both are in fair condition.

Bids will be opened for a $1.5 million 70-unit federal-housing project for senior citizens to be built on the West Side of Sharon, Pa.

Peggy Ruth Chaney, a 1968 graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School, receives a scholarship award from the Warren School Secretaries Chapter 142, OAPSE.

1943: About 700 salaried and white-collar workers of Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. will vote on whether the United Steelworkers Union will be their bargaining agency.

Uniformed men mingle with civilians in doorways of Youngstown’s downtown stores as sirens shriek throughout the county in Ohio’s first surprise air-raid alert. It was pronounced a success.

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