Today is Tuesday, July 24, the 205th day of 2018. There are 160 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1862: Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a U.S. citizen, dies at age 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y., the town where he was born in 1782.
1915: The SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying more than 2,500 people, rolls onto its side while docked at the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River; an estimated 844 people die.
1959: During a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engages in his famous “Kitchen Debate” with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts – two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon – splash down safely in the Pacific.
1974: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules that President Richard Nixon must turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
1998: A gunman bursts into the U.S. Capitol, killing two police officers before being shot and captured.
2002: Nine coal miners become trapped in a flooded tunnel of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ends happily 77 hours later with the rescue of all nine.
2005: Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France.
1993: The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. and DeBartolo family trusts file suit against Cooper and Lybrand, outside auditors for Phar-Mor Inc., claiming that the DeBartolos invested millions in Phar-Mor stock based on misleading financial reports.
The German carmaker Mercedes Benz is scouting four southern states – North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama – for a proposed $500 million U.S. plant.
Mary Wallace, vice president of Computer Curriculum Corp., says her company guarantees a 10 percent increase in test scores for elementary schools that install its equipment. The Youngstown Board of Education has ordered $1 million in computers from the company.
1978: Two weeks after Ohio amended its mandatory helmet law to make helmets optional for motorcyclists, Jeffrey Emerick, 24, of Roy Street, Youngstown, is killed when he loses control of his motorcycle on Steel Street and slides underneath an oncoming car.
The National Center for Economic Alternatives proposes that a profit-oriented company be formed to reopen closed portions of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. Campbell Works.
The Ohio fire marshal’s office will investigate a fire in a cabin in the woods near Conneaut in which three boys died. Paul Frye, 13, and Victor Himes, 14, both of Conneaut, and Ronald McMilian Jr., 14, of Edinboro, had been camping in the cabin with their parents’ permission.
1968: Emma Pinkins, 28, of Sharon and mother of six, is shot in the chest, apparently by her estranged husband, Robert, 32. He is assistant minister of the House of God Church in Masury.
Snipers shooting from rooftops, windows and from behind bushes launch a reign of terror on Cleveland’s East Side that ends with 10 dead, including three police officers and two snipers. Youngstown’s 437th Military Police unit, Ohio National Guard, has been mobilized as part of a statewide alert ordered by the governor.
1943: Mrs. Julie Kweder, Brookfield-Masury Road, is burned to death and Theodore Survil, a roomer in her house, drowns when he fell into a cistern while attempting to get water to fight the fire that razed the six-room dwelling.
E.D. Duquette, vegetable grower from Hartville, is arrested at the Grower’s Market on Pyatt Street after allegedly overcharging a retail merchant for two baskets of green goods and two 50-pound sacks of onions.