Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2002. There are 139 days left in the year. On this date in 1935, the Social Security Act becomes law.
In 1848, the Oregon Territory is established. In 1900, international forces, including U.S. Marines, enter Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence. In 1917, China declares war on Germany and Austria during World War I. In 1945, President Truman announces that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. In 1947, Pakistan becomes independent of British rule. In 1962, robbers hold up a U.S. mail truck in Plymouth, Mass., making off with more than $1.5 million. In 1969, British troops arrive in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics. In 1973, the U.S. bombing of Cambodia comes to a halt. In 1981, Pope John Paul II leaves a Rome hospital, three months after being wounded in an attempt on his life.
August 14, 1977: Youngstown district police are on the lookout for "weekend wicker thieves" who have stripped area patios of wicker furniture valued at more than $7,000 in two months.
The Valley Mould and Iron Co. of Hubbard, an important supplier of the steel industry, is conducting a $5.3 million conversion of its plant to a "no bake" process that will turn out a better product faster, with less energy use and lower pollution.
Two popular comic strips are joining the color comic section of The Vindicator, "Funky Winkerbean" and "B.C."
August 14, 1962: An appropriation of $220,000 to complete the resurvey of the Lake Erie-Ohio River interconnection waterway and $2.4 million for the construction of the West Branch Reservoir are among water projects approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
The Niles Board of Education approves continuation of the annual pay increment of $1,300 for the coaching duties of football coach Tony Mason. Basketball coach Joseph Bassett will receive an $800 increment.
Actor Cary Grant and Betsy Drake are no longer man and wife because he "preferred television to talking to me," the actress says. They were married in 1949; her first, his third.
August 14, 1952: Two hooded gunmen hold up and rob a Warren bank branch manager of $70,000 in cash. Charles Foley, manager of the Woodland Ave. branch of the Union Savings & amp; Trust Co., tells police he was driving in Kenilworth Ave. when a gray Oldsmobile forced his car to the curb. One man broke the window of Foley's car with a sawed-off shotgun while the other pointed a revolver at him until he handed over the money.
Dr. Nicholas T. Martin of Youngstown, a graduate of Ohio State University, scores the top grade of 90.2 percent among 274 other persons taking the state medical board exams.
State liquor agents make two appearances at the Nu-Belmont Manor in Route 90 south of Vienna to break up a gambler's fund-raising party. The :"benefit" was thrown for a small-time racket figure and card dealer who is broke and needs money to try to beat a robbery rap.
August 14, 1927: Another big crowd of about 5,000 attends the seventh card of the greyhound races at Southern Park, but manager George Partin says he intends to close the meeting much earlier than the anticipated 30 days because he and many other dog owners are committed to attending the opening of a new track in Kansas City.
Thomas V. Farrell, the man who has promised to build Youngstown's first dirigible plant, sets up headquarters in the Tod House and is deluged by well wishers, quizzers, skeptics and job hunters.
Armed with a writ obtained by the Eagles baseball team, Sandusky Municipal Court Bailiff William Metzger goes to the home of Mrs. Mary Miller, across the street from the Eagles ballpark, and retrieves 15 baseballs in her possession. Mrs. Miller was so assiduous in confiscating foul balls that strayed into her yard that games with some out -of-town teams came close to being canceled for want of a ready ball.