Today is Thursday, June 7, the 158th day of 2018. There are 207 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1099: The First Crusade begins besieging Jerusalem, which would be captured the following month.

1769: Frontiersman Daniel Boone first begins to explore present-day Kentucky.

1776: Richard Henry Lee of Virginia offers a resolution to the Continental Congress stating “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

1929: The sovereign state of Vatican City comes into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty are exchanged in Rome.

1977: Britons throng London to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who is marking the 25th year of her reign.

1981: Israeli military planes destroy a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charge could have been used to make nuclear weapons.

1993: Ground is broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

1998: James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, is hooked by a chain to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.

2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton suspends her pioneering campaign for the presidency and endorses fellow Democrat Barack Obama.


1993: Parker Chevrolet-Cadillac-Geo in Salem is being sold to Youngstown-based car dealer “Shorty” Navarro.

The William McKinley Memorial Library in Niles will display a collection of American Indian art and artifacts purchased from Rose DeJute, a retired insurance agent.

Campbell Memorial sets a tournament record 11 stolen bases and Tom Beeson goes 3 for 4 and scores four runs as the Red Devils defeat Cincinnati Indian Hill 20-6 to win the Division III state baseball championship.

1978: U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney narrowly survives a challenge by George D. Tablack in the Democratic primary. Tablack carried Mahoning County, but Carney’s vote in Trumbull County gave him a 24,107 to 23,436 victory in the 19th congressional district. Vincent Gilmartin got 15,318 votes, and Gary Thompson got 6,188.

Two Newton Falls men are killed when the engine of their light two-seater gave out over Mars Field, about a half-mile from the Ohio Turnpike. Dead are John Cimbanin, 48, the pilot, and Thomas Barnett, 23, his passenger.

Voters in Boardman Township’s Precincts 1 and 46 – the area around Southern Park Mall – soundly defeat local option issues that would have allowed the sale of alcoholic beverages.

1968: A private corporation to acquire and rehabilitate rundown houses to fight blight has been formed by Youngstown businessmen and clergymen.

Merle Thornton, 22, a steelworker, is stabbed to death during an argument over removal of a 3-year-old boy being cared for in the Thornton home. Police are searching for the stepfather.

Robert Lewis, 66, is in critical condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital with wounds suffered in a shootout with police after he went on a shooting spree on Covington Street on Youngstown’s North Side. Patrolman David Bole, 42, is in satisfactory condition with a gunshot wound of the foot.

1943: Dr. Joseph Lloyd, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for the past 33 years, is recommended to Youngstown ministers as a possible candidate for mayor by Dr. Paul Gauss.

“Lefty” Rebracca hurls a two-hitter as the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. defeats Youngstown Steel Door, 8-0, in the Mahoning County Men’s Softball league game at Oakland field.

During an “I Am an American” naturalization program at Rayen School, U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan says that American isolation in the years after World War I led to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II.

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