Today is Friday, June 15, the 166th day of 2018. There are 199 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1904: More than 1,000 people die when fire erupts aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York’s East River.

1944: American forces begin their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carry out their first raids on Japan.

1969: The variety show “Hee Haw,” a fast-paced mixture of country music and comedy skits, debuts on CBS-TV.

1988: The baseball romantic comedy “Bull Durham,” starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, is released by Orion Pictures.

1993: Former Texas Gov. John Connally, who was wounded in the gunfire that killed President John F. Kennedy, dies in Houston at age 76.

2013: Wild celebrations break out in Tehran and other cities as reformist-backed Hassan Rowhani caps a stunning surge to claim Iran’s presidency.


1993: Michael I. Monus’ Youngstown lawyer, Richard D. Goldberg, believes that federal prosecutors do not have the evidence to convict the former Phar-Mor Inc. president on fraud charges and that two taped conversations expected to be used against Monus will help him.

Ibn Shakoor, 23, of Youngstown is sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 33 years in the shooting death of Joseph Muscardelli during a robbery in the parking lot of Sir Bentley’s sports lounge on Mahoning Avenue in Warren.

A packed audience at a Craig Beach village council meeting hears Mayor Julius Yuhasz announce he will not resign and will not respond to questions about his behavior by council, the media or residents.

1978: U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell will meet with executives of LTV Corp. and Lykes Corp. on the proposed merger of the two conglomerates. Lykes has said that its steel subsidiary, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., would declare bankruptcy if the merger is denied.

A 5-mill levy for the Leetonia Exempted Village School District that was said on Election Night to have passed 434-433 is ruled a 434-vote tie in the certified count by the Columbiana County Board of Elections.

Youngstown Councilman Leonard Yurcho, D-4th, questions the Board of Control’s hiring of Atty. Paul Dutton of Boardman to handle the city’s appropriation cases on sewer projects. Yurcho says an attorney who lives in the city should have been hired.

1968: With no state or federal funds available, Youngstown Superintendent W.W. Zinser says that unless voters approve an operating levy in November, Youngstown’s 43 schools will close by Dec. 1.

Youngstown State University President Albert L. Pugsley speaks at the 1968 regional conference of District 10 Toastmaster International about the rapid growth of the university, which is approaching enrollment of 5,000.

Some 200 members of Teamsters Local 377 stuck six area beer and beverage distributors after their contract expired.

1943: All but four Youngstown-area selective service boards will begin drafting married men to meet defense quotas.

In an attack on rabies, Dr. Robert Mossman, Youngstown health commissioner, orders that any dog running loose be impounded with its owner facing $100 in fines.

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