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1864 President Lincoln signs the paperwork setting aside Yosemite Valley in California as state land where anyone can go chill and commune with nature.

1882 The man who killed President James Garfield, Charles J. Guiteau, is executed by hanging in Washington, D.C.

1921 President Harding appointed former President Taft to be Chief Justice of the United States.

1934 Adolf Hitler ordered and had carried out “The Night of the Long Knives,” in which he commanded death for all his political rivals.

1953 The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line.

In The Star

June 30, 1939, in The Star: Sidney G. Walker, who identifies himself as a college student at Jacksonville, writes the following in a letter to the editor: “In this town there is a little Negro girl who is one of the most pitiful things I have ever seen. She has some kind of an infection in her head. Her head is about four times its normal size; her dress is stiff with corruption. She walks the street begging for money to get medical attention. The record of her donations wouldn’t pay for the cotton needed to bandage her head.” Walker said he tried to get the girl into a hospital, but was unsuccessful because admission authorization had to come from a doctor. He gave her his money, he writes, adding, “If the people of Anniston and elsewhere want to join me in giving that child medical attention, I feel sure God will bless us all.” Also this date: In news from the Pleasant Ridge community, we learn that Mr. and Mrs. Milton Cobb of White Plains and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Chapman visited Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Cobb and family Sunday. Meanwhile, Rev. and Mrs. G. D. Cobb and children and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Cobb attended the singing at Harmony Grove in Cleburne County Sunday. Additionally: Charles G. Dobbins, an English professor, a former Annistonian and a former staff member of the Birmingham Age-Herald, has bought The Anniston Times newspaper from Mrs. Ruby Price Robinson. She had succeeded Charles S. Leyden as publisher.

June 30, 1989, in The Star: Despite growing foreign domination of the microwave industry, Magic Chef Co. officials say an $8 million cost-cutting package and continuing domestic sales could get their Anniston plant out of the red by the end of the year. A falling share of the world market had forced the plant to adopt belt- tightening measures in December, including a 15 percent pay cut for all employees. The pay cut is expected to save $1.2 million per year. In addition, the company initiated an aggressive cost-reduction program with its suppliers and eliminated retail/dealer incentives. Also this date: The last bias-ply passenger vehicle tire is expected to roll off the line at the Goodyear plant in Gadsden this afternoon, marking the end of a 60-year era in manufacture of that product. In recent years, of course, radial tires have become more popular. The plant will still make some bias-ply truck tires, as well as radial car and tractor tires, but the halt in bias-ply production will still result in several hundred layoffs. The milestone tire will not be sold but will be kept for historical reasons.

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