Area history, June 18, 2014

Area history, June 18, 2014

Today is Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A petition circulated among grocers and marketkeepers yesterday favoring a half-holiday on Thursday during the months of July and August was freely signed, a larger number favoring the scheme. At the same time, a petition was circulated calling for the stores to close on Saturday, July 4. It did not receive a single signature.

In 1964: False advertising charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission against the VioBin Corp. of Monticello were dismissed by a government hearing examiner in a Massachusetts Superior Court. Ezra Levin, president of VioBin, expressed little surprise that the FTC was unable to produce satisfactory evidence against his product, which is made of wheat germ oil.

In 1999: Robert Jurkacek was sentenced Thursday to the minimum 20 years in prison for the death of Ernest Seri, a University of Illinois graduate student who died June 27, 1998, two days after a fight with Jurkacek outside of Gypsy, a popular bar in downtown Champaign.

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