Today is Wednesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2018. There are 159 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1866: Ulysses S. Grant is appointed general of the Army of the U.S., the first officer to hold the rank.
1943: Benito Mussolini is dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III, and placed under arrest.
1952: Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
1956: The Italian liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast late at night and sinks; 51 people die.
1960: A Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, N.C., that had been the scene of a sit-in protest against its whites-only lunch counter drops its segregation policy.
1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to walk in space.
2002: Zacarias Moussaoui declares he is guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then dramatically withdraws his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.
2017: A bitterly divided Senate votes to move forward with Republican legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”
1993: James Cataland, president of Arthur Treachers Inc., says he will move the company’s national headquarters from Austintown where about 30 people are employed.
Local veterans mark the 40th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War. “We worked for three years out there for nothing,” says Bob Lowden of Boardman, a former Marine sergeant.
The Nazareth United Methodist Church, a part of the Springfield Township community in Mercer County for 150 years, is closed by the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.
1978: By a vote of 5-4 in favor of the bill, Warren City Council rejects an ordinance that supported a renewed national movement toward passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Six votes were needed. Councilmen Duane Ulery, Herbert Laukhart, John Talanca and Sam Rizzi opposed the measure.
Perkins Drilling Inc. of Cambridge is fined $1,700 for violating a series of federal safety laws when Donald Walton, 24, was killed at a Southington Township drilling site in June. He was the fourth Perkins employee killed in a drilling accident in Trumbull, Mahoning or Portage counties over a period of two years.
The Ecumenical Coalition of the Mahoning Valley announces the opening of offices in six Ohio cities to mount a statewide campaign aimed at reopening portions of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. Campbell Works.
1968: A 17-year-old South Side youth is captured at gunpoint and two others fled from Dials Frozen Custard, 648 Woodland Ave., after they were surprised by the owner, Cecil Dials, who was checking his building.
Five boys from 10 to 15 years old are seen fleeing after two fire bombs were tossed in the homes of the Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Deutsch, Michigan Avenue, and William Stanton, Park Avenue.
Col. William Longa is named commanding officer of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Base at Youngstown Municipal Airport, succeeding Col. Clair Hazell.
1943: A Lake Erie “intra-coastal waterway” protected by a series of breakwalls is proposed by U.S. Rep. Michael Kirwan to provide a storm-free route for shallow-draft river barges and to build up national water transportation system.
The Mullet Co., Warren, large Ohio contracting firm, is the lowest of four bidders for a contract to construct Mosquito Creek Dam near Cortland as a rush job. Specifications call for completing the dam in 90 days.
The yearbook of Recreation magazine published by the National Recreation Association, pays tribute to the late John H. Chase, Youngstown naturalist.