Today is Tuesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2019. There are 189 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1788: Virginia ratifies the U.S. Constitution.

1876: Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

1910: President William Howard Taft signs the White-Slave Traffic Act, more popularly known as the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

1947: “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank is first published.

1950: War breaks out in Korea as forces from the communist North invade the South.

1962: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that recitation of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools is unconstitutional.

1973: Former White House Counsel John W. Dean begins testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee, implicating top administration officials, including President Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal and cover-up.

2003: The Recording Industry Association of America threatens to sue hundreds of computer users who were illegally sharing music files online.

2009: Death claims Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” in Los Angeles at age 50 and actress Farrah Fawcett in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 62.


1994: The FBI will investigate whether a juror hearing the case against Michael Monus, Phar Mor Inc. founder, was bribed, following an accusation by one of the jurors against a hold-out who caused a mistrial.

About 300 jobs and $30 million worth of expansion are promised by seven companies seeking tax abatements in Youngstown’s Urban Jobs and Enterprise Zone Program.

General Motors Corp. will send reminders to dealers and employees in an effort to end abuse of the company’s discount purchase plan.

1979: Thousands of Mahoning Valley residents have abandoned their rooftop television antennas and switched to CATV though Warner Cable, which has a franchise in Youngstown, or Mahoning Valley Cablevision, located in Niles.

Twelve men identifying themselves as members of the Jewish Defense League attack helmeted, swastika-wearing marchers of the White Power Party with baseball bats and flame throwers improvised from ether cans outside a motel in Parma.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Springfield, which had its first meeting in a log school house, is celebrating its 125th year. The Rev. Robert F. Brigham has been pastor since 1968.

1969: Two New Middletown brothers drown when one fell into a limestone quarry and the other died trying to rescue him. The bodies of Richard Lyda, 17, and Edward Lyda Jr., 15, were pulled from 12 feet of water.

George Kerlek Jr. of Struthers will report to the U.S. Naval Academy after his appointment by U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan.

Four possible plans for reorganization of public schools in northeast Youngstown are presented at a meeting of interested citizens. Reactions range from adamant rejection of all plans to tentative acceptance of one concept.

1944: Bingo may be illegal but it’s a popular pastime for housewives with “troubled hearts,” according to the mail coming into the mayor’s office protesting the closing of bingo games.

Pvt. George Wheeler Jr., 30, of Poland, a paratrooper, was killed June 6 in the invasion of France. His brother, Pvt. James Wheeler, has not been heard from since January.

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. has developed technology to roll steel thin enough to produce machine gun belts that replace the fabric belts that often jammed.

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