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News Events of 1999

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August 1999

8-4-1999 -- David Holmes, president of Reynolds & Reynolds and leader of the downtown RiverScape project, announced that the organizing group has met its goal of raising $8.5 million in private donations toward the $25 million.

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Tim Couch (2) throws to tight end Mike Campbell (49) during the Browns' first game in three years. (AP Photo).
8-4-1999 -- Montgomery County Coroner James Davis confirmed that six Miami County residents died during the recent heat wave of heat-related causes. The deaths occurred in the final days of the heat wave, between July 30 and Aug. 2.
8-6-1999 -- Jerrie McGill was appointed superintendent of Dayton Public Schools, succeeding James A. Williams.
8-9-1999 -- The reborn Cleveland Browns played their first game since the old Browns franchise was moved to Baltimore three seasons earlier. The new Browns won a pre-season exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys.
8-9-1999 -- In Russia President Boris Yeltsin again fired his prime minister and named former KGB officer Vladimir Putin to succeed him. It was the fourth time in 17 that the unpredictable Yeltsin had dismissed his government.
8-10-1999 -- In yet another shocking incident of gun violence a man walked into a Los Angeles Jewish community center and shot five people, including three young children. Moments later, a Filipino-American mail carrier was shot and killed. The apparent gunman in both incidents, Buford O'Neal Furrow Jr., later turned himself in and, according to investigators, said he wanted to "send a message to America by killing Jews."
8-11-1999 -- The Iams Co. was sold to Procter & Gamble Co. of Cincinnati for $2.3 billion. The Vandalia-based pet food company was one of the Miami Valley's largest independent companies.
8-13-1999 -- Controversial talk show host Jerry Springer, who flirted with a possible run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Mike DeWine, announced he would not be a candidate. Springer is a former mayor of Cincinnati.
8-13-1999 -- Tennis great Steffi Graf announced her retirement after a 17-year career in which she won 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
8-14-1999 -- George W. Bush was the winner of the Iowa straw poll, a largely symbolic competition which is seen as the first contest in the 2000 presidential race.
8-16-1999 -- The Ohio Supreme Court overturned a 1996 state law limiting monetary awards in personal injury lawsuits.
8-17-1999 -- Thousands died in an earthquake in Turkey. The quake was particularly devastating because its epicenter was in an industrial area with a dense population.

Richard Stewart and his family pose on their boat after arriving safely back to port, not realizing they had been reported missing.

8-29-1999 -- The presses ran for the last time at the Dayton Daily News downtown headquarters as newspaper production shifted entirely to DDN's state-of-the-art Print Technology Center 17 miles away from the editorial offices.
8-30-1999 -- A Ludlow Falls family returned from a sailing trip to discover they had been the subject of an intensive Coast Guard search. The "lost" family's plight had become front-page news after they were reported missing on Aug. 15.
8-31-1999 -- The final stretch of the Northwest Connector officially opened. The Route 49 highway bypass links Route 35 with Interstate 70 through Trotwood and Dayton's west side.

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