Today is Wednesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2018. There are 208 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1799: American politician and orator Patrick Henry dies at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia.

1918: U.S. Marines suffer heavy casualties as they launch their eventually successful counteroffensive against German troops in the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in France.

1925: Walter Percy Chrysler founds the Chrysler Corp.

1933: The first drive-in movie theater opens in Camden County, N.J. (The movie shown was “Wives Beware,” starring Adolphe Menjou.)

1944: During World War II, Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day” as they begin the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe.

1966: Black activist James Meredith is shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy dies at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, 251/2 hours after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.

1994: President Bill Clinton joins leaders from America’s World War II allies to mark the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

2008: The Dow industrial average drops 394.64 points to 12,209.81, its worst loss in more than a year.


1993: The Youngstown Playhouse, which just weeks earlier was worried that dwindling revenue endangered its future, is enjoying a reversal of fortunes with a surprise smash, “Nunsense.” The play is being held over for an additional weekend.

Hubbard High School junior Jennifer Evans wins first place and the gold medal at the 1993 National Rifle Association Four-Position Junior Sectional Rifle Competition at the Fish and Game Club of Vienna. She is a member of the Cougars Junior Rifle Team and has been shooting since she was 10.

Brownlee Woods Presbyterian Church marks 75 years in the church that was built at Irma Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard in 1918.

1978: Salem Fire Chief Martin Catlos says a check by a Youngstown consulting firm and the fire department found eight downtown buildings in need of immediate structural repairs to be safe. Included are the Moose Club and the State Theater.

Twenty Youngstown precincts report problems with voting machines that have a special knob that allows people who are 17 years old in June but will be 18 by November to vote in the primary. The underage voters can vote for candidates, but not on issues.

Dr. James V. Vitale, a podiatrist, is installed as president of the Austintown Rotary Club, succeeding Ronald McGraw. Other officers are David Hunt, Ernie Sigle and Ken Proefrock.

1968: A French word, “entente,” was the downfall of Andrea Wayda, The Vindicator’s grand champion speller, in the fifth round of the National Spelling Bee.

Atty. Franklin S. Bennett is named chairman of the $400,000 Goodwill Industries relocation fund campaign.

George C. Findlay, 38, Overbrook Drive, Canfield, president of Canfield Speedway Inc., dies after a heart attack.

1943: The Youngstown District’s big steel plants are ordered by regional director Robert Goodwin, War Manpower Commission, to go on a 48-hour workweek immediately.

Frederick Lewis, senior mobilization adviser of the national organization section of the Office of Civilian Defense, orders the recruiting of children 8 to 15 for small, but essential, war duties to begin

Production of war-vital pig iron in the Youngstown district is being hard hit by the shortage of coal due to a strike by miners.

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