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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Today is Sunday, July 28, the 209th day of 2019. There are 156 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1609: The English ship Sea Venture, commanded by Adm. Sir George Somers, runs ashore on Bermuda, where the passengers and crew establish a colony.

1794: Maximilien Robes- pierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, is sent to the guillotine.

1914: World War I begins as Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

1915: More than 300 American sailors and Marines arrive in Haiti to restore order after the killing of Haitian President Vibrun Guillaume Sam by rebels, beginning a 19-year U.S. occupation.

1932: Federal troops forcibly disperse the so-called “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington to demand payments they weren’t scheduled to receive until 1945.

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to 1 pound of coffee every five weeks since it began in November 1942.

1945: The U.S. Senate ratifies the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.

A U.S. Army bomber crashes into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he is increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 “almost immediately.”

1976: An earthquake devastates northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.

1984: The Los Angeles Summer Olympics open.

1989: Israeli commandos abduct a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim cleric, Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid, from his home in south Lebanon. (He was released in January 2004 as part of a prisoner swap.)

2006: Actor-director Mel Gibson goes into an anti-Semitic tirade as he is being arrested on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., on suspicion of driving while drunk; Gibson later apologized and was sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment.

2017: The Senate votes 51-49 to reject Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last-ditch effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul with a trimmed-down bill. John McCain, who is about to begin treatments for a brain tumor, joins two other GOP senators in voting against ACA repeal.

2018: Pope Francis accepts the resignation of U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy.


1994: General Motors earned $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 1994, more than twice its profit for the same quarter a year earlier and the most profitable quarter in the history of the world’s largest automaker.

Warren city police and some councilmen express surprise and concern that the theft of $600 in Water Department money by an employee was not turned over to police. The employee was allowed to repay the money and was demoted from a position that paid $11.76 an hour to one that paid $10.25.

Two boys, one 10 and one 11, are sentenced to 30 days in juvenile detention on charges related to an arson that destroyed the Girard home of Terry O’Neil. O’Neil says he forgives the boys but hopes they learned a lesson.

1979: The J.V. McNicholas Transportation Co., a locally based trucking firm for 75 years, intends to move its corporate headquarters from West Federal Street to a $4.1 million facility in northwest Youngstown.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approves a $600,000 grant for expansion of Goodwill Industries facilities on Belmont Avenue.

ICX Aviation Inc. may go to Buffalo, N.Y., instead of Youngstown to build an Americanized version of the Soviet-designed YAK-40 three-engine jet airliner.

1969: The ninth annual Youngstown Soap Box Derby will feature 90 young drivers seeking a ticket to the national race in Akron.

The Reuben McMillan Free Library Association purchases the Old Dormitory at 307 S. Main St., Poland, from Bernard H. Steinfield for parking or possible expansion of the library next door.

A South Side Youngstown man, Lawrence Symabskyk, is about to break the sex barrier in nursing in New Castle, Pa. He will be the first male nurse in Jameson Memorial Hospital history.

1944: U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Frederick Bierkamp, 23, of Youngstown, commander of an LCT in the invasion of Normandy, is reported missing in action. His parents are Dr. and Mrs. F.J. Bierkamp of Tod Lane.

Pvt. John Zarlengo, 23, of Youngstown is reported killed in action during the invasion of France.

The quarantine at Camp Fitch near North Springfield, Pa., will be lifted in time for boys in the third camping period to return to their homes. The quarantine was put in when Thomas Hoyt of Poland was diagnosed with polio.