Today is Friday, June 8, the 159th day of 2018. There are 206 days left in the year.


On this date in:

A.D. 632: The prophet Muhammad dies in Medina.

1845: Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, dies in Nashville, Tenn.

1920: The Republican National Convention opens in Chicago; its delegates end up nominating Ohioan Warren G. Harding for president.

1948: The “Texaco Star Theater” debuts on NBC-TV with Milton Berle guest-hosting the first program.

1967: During the six-day Middle East war, 34 American servicemen are killed when Israel attacks the USS Liberty, a Navy intelligence-gathering ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (Israel later said the Liberty had been mistaken for an Egyptian vessel.)

1968: Authorities announce the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1998: The National Rifle Association elects actor Charlton Heston to be its president.

2017: Former FBI Director James Comey, testifying before Congress, asserts that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign.


1993: Mahoning Valley officials criticize Defense Secretary Les Aspin for replacing a competitive process for selecting a site for a Defense Department financial services complex with one controlled by “politics and power.” It doesn’t look like the Valley has a chance of landing the project under the new process.

Judge Scott Krichbaum dismisses a $50,000 law suit filed by the Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police against city Law Director Edwin Romero claiming slander after Romero accused police of being responsible for broken windows at his home and automobile during intense contract negotiations. Romero said he made the remark in front of Mayor Patrick Ungaro and FOP President Thomas Featsent and that it was Featsent who brought the comment to the attention of the press.

1978: Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Eugene Leshnack is shot and wounded while serving a commitment paper on Michael Vukelich, 55, of South Meridian Road. Leshnack is being treated for a flesh wound at North Side Hospital; Vukelich is in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital with a self-inflicted wound.

A tornado levels the Williams Distributing Co. warehouse and knocks down trees and power lines in Weathersfield Township and blows over the press box at the McDonald High School stadium.

Mary Ann Watson, a Canfield Middle School eighth-grader and The Vindicator’s representative in the National Spelling Bee, falls in the seventh round on the word “sauger,” a type of fish.

1968: “Let’s pull together to build” is the theme for the groundbreaking ceremony at the new location of Four Mile Run Christian Church at Four Mile Run and Crum roads.

Robert Lewis, 66, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital of wounds suffered in a shootout with police after he went on a shooting spree on Youngstown’s North Side.

Theodore Poccia, 5, is struck and killed by a car while playing in Early Road near his home.

1943: St. Patrick Church in Leetonia, a pioneer house of worship in Columbiana County, marks its 75th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Edward F. Hoban of Cleveland.

Dr. Carl L. Manello, rabbi of Temple Emanu-El for 13 years, resigns to go to Wichita, Kan.

The Dallmer Co, headed by Atty. Gerald Hammond, has the right to operate the Palace Theater, Judge Erskine Maiden Jr. rules, ending a hotly contested legal battle against the Public Square Theater Co.

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