Years Ago

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2013. There are 125 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1609: English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reach present-day Delaware Bay.

1862: The Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as Second Manassas) begins in Prince William County, Va., during the Civil War; the result is a Confederate victory.

1922: The first-ever radio commercial airs on station WEAF in New York City; the 10-minute advertisement is for the Queensboro Realty Co., which paid a fee of $100.

1945: The Allies begin occupying Japan at the end of World War II.

1947: Legendary bullfighter Manolete dies after being gored during a fight in Linares, Spain; he was 30.


1988: Dr. Zbigniew Piotrowski, associate professor of mathematics at Youngstown State University and former spokesman for Solidarity in Poland, predicts that the government of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski will attempt to use riot police to break the latest wave of strikes in Poland.

An organ donated to the Scottish Rite Cathedral 60 years earlier by New Castle industrialists George and Charles Greer is the subject of a campaign to raise $30,000 for its restoration.

1973: The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department is attempting to reconstruct the events that led to the death of Sandra Sturges, 21, of Hubbard, whose body was found in Ellsworth Township.

A 30-year-old Warren motorcyclist, Gary Spra-gue, is killed when he attempted to pull into the Alden Elementary School playground without seeing that the driveway was blocked by a chain.

Patrolman Thomas P. Charles, a Hubbard native, is promoted to sergeant in the Ohio State Highway Patrol and transferred to the Warren Post from Chardon.

1963: Youngstown University launches its silver anniversary football season as 75 players assemble for the bus trip to Camp Fitch where Coach Dike Beede will oversee the two-week training camp.

Youngstown Mayor Harry Savasten takes under advisement a request from city street, water and garbage department employees for a 10 percent wage increase and improved fringe benefits.

Mahoning County’s oldest resident, Mrs. Pearl Bynum of 423 Chicago Ave. celebrates her 105th birthday. She was born three years before the start of the Civil War.

1938: Adolph J. Boehme, chairman of the Youngstown Park Commission, says city council is playing politics by cutting the park budget by $5,000. Councilmen are angry that the park commission won’t “play ball” in matters of patronage.

Joseph Williams, agent for the Youngstown Humane Society for 40 years, dies at 86 in North Side Hospital after a short illness. He served for nine years without pay.

Nearly 100 players and would-be players crowd the field at Garfield School when Coach Dwight “Dike” Beede opens practice for Youngstown College’s first football team.

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