Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2014. 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 was 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 had paid a fee of $100.

1944: During World War II, German forces in Toulon and Marseille, France, surrender to Allied troops.

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

1955: Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, is abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later.

1963: More than 200,000 people listen as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

1964: Two days of race- related rioting erupts in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that white police officers had beaten to death a pregnant black woman.

1968: Police and anti-war demonstrators clash in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominates Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

1972: Mark Spitz of the United States wins the first two of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter butterfly and anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Soviet women gymnasts win the team all-around.

1990: An F5 tornado strikes the Chicago area, killing 29 people.

2004: Islamic militants claiming to be holding two French journalists in Iraq give France 48 hours to overturn its law banning the wearing of Islamic head scarves in schools. (The French government refuses the demand; the reporters, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, were released in December 2004.)

The U.S. men’s basketball team beats Lithuania 104-96 to win the Olympic bronze medal in Athens; Argentina wins the gold medal by beating Italy 84-69.

2009: The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announces that Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide caused primarily by the powerful anesthetic propofol and another sedative, lorazepam.


1989: The Warren City School District cancels the opening day of classes after 550 Warren teachers vote to go on strike.

Youngstown area business leaders and the administration of Youngs-town Mayor Patrick Ungaro are discussing plans for the private sector to help run the Youngstown Municipal Airport.

Nationally known artist P. Buckley Moss will be the guest of honor at a benefit dinner hosted by the Western Reserve Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society at Packard Music Hall.

1974: Mahoning County Sheriff Ray T. Davis is severely criticized by a judge and a Mahoning County grand jury which indicted seven female jail inmates for sex offenses and a former deputy sheriff for bribery.

Over 65 percent of members of Local 1112, United Auto Workers, at the Lordstown General Motors plant approve a new three-year contract, ending a strike that began July 12.

Only one of four special school levies on the ballot in Trumbull County is approved by voters. LaBrae voters approve a 6.5-mill additional tax while levies are defeated in the Warren, Niles and Liberty school districts.

1964: For the third week in a row, Youngstown district mill output is running at 81 percent of capacity with 31 open hearths, and nine blast furnaces in operation.

Suzanne Taylor, 21, of Melrose Avenue, is killed when her compact convertible strikes a pole on Shields Road near Old Oxford Lane. The Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University at Oxford was to begin graduate studies at the University of Chicago.

1939: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan will give the dedicatory address for the $136,000 addition to Mineral Ridge High School that was partially financed through a PWA grant.

James Donaldson, 19, is in St. Elizabeth Hospital with a bullet in his back while police are holding a 60-year-old watchman at the Westlake Crossing curb market who admitted “shooting into the ground” when a group of loitering boys ran away from the market.

A group of Negro bathers rush the new Struthers swimming pool after being refused tickets on the orders of the park board. A number of white bathers left when the Negroes entered the water.

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