Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2004. There are 150 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2004. There are 150 days left in the year. On this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.
In 1914, Germany declares war on France. In 1923, Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding. In 1949, the National Basketball Association is formed. In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. In 1980, closing ceremonies are held in Moscow for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States. In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers go on strike, despite a warning from President Reagan they would be fired, which they were. In 2003, Annika Sorenstam completed a career Grand Slam at the Women's British Open, beating Se Ri Pak by a stroke in a thrilling head-to-head showdown.
August 3, 1979: Robert D. Parks of Youngstown is found guilty of the December 1977 contract murders of Patricia DiBlasio and Mary Muffley outside the Girard office of D. Leo F. DiBlasio. His lawyer will appeal.
Coins valued at more than $100,000 belonging to 13-year-old Michael Repasky of Oakridge Drive and $5,00 in coins owned by James Pilolli, a Youngstown coin dealer, are stolen from a parked car in St. Louis while the two were attending the American Numismatic convention.
Thurman Munson, captain of the New York Yankees during the last three pennant-winning seasons, dies in a fiery plane crash near his home in Akron while practicing takeoffs and landings in his new twin-engine jet.
August 3, 1964: The "Old School Academy," a historic landmark in Kinsman, is destroyed by fire. The one-story wooden building had been the community's first high school.
The administration of Gov. James A. Rhodes is quietly exploring the idea of putting a $250 million bond issue for higher education on the ballot in 1966, which would include $12 million for Youngstown University. The aim would be to make Ohio No. 1 in the nation in higher education.
August 3, 1954: Eight Westinghouse Electric Corp. employees and a bus driver are injured when a chartered bus carrying the men to work at the big Sharon plant goes out of control on Meek St. and crashes into Schultz's Grill at Sharpsville Ave.
The Youngstown School Board adds $150 to the top scale for teachers, bringing the maximum for a teacher with a bachelor's degree to $5,650 and for a master's degree to $5,850. The board had earlier increased the minimum salary by $250, bringing the starting pay for a teacher to $3,350.
August 3, 1929: Youngstown City Council will confer with the city finance director before responding to a request that it purchase $5,000 worth of advertising on radio station WKBN. Owners of the station say the additional income will allow the station to become affiliated with a national chain, after which further income from the city would not be needed.
City Council approves expenditure of $26,000 to develop a park between Dunlap Ave. and Osborne St. and to build a swimming pool there and in Lincoln Park.
Ray L. Druhot, 42, of Damascus, assistant superintendent of Mahoning County schools, drowns in the French River, Ontario, Canada, while on a fishing trip with a party of Warren and Canfield men.

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