Today is Thursday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2004. There are 148 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Thursday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2004. There are 148 days left in the year. On this date in 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut is said to have ordered, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" as he led his fleet against Mobile Bay, Ala.
In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor. In 1914, the first electric traffic lights are installed, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1924, the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, makes its debut. In 1953, Operation Big Switch is under way as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom. In 1957, "American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC.
In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, is found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death is ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills. In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union sign a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater. In 1981, the federal government begins firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike. In 1984, actor Richard Burton dies at a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, at the age of 58. In 2000, actor Sir Alec Guinness dies at a southern England hospital at age 86. In 2003, Episcopal leaders in Minneapolis vote to approve the election of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay clergyman, as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire.
August 5, 1979: Dale Lewis, president of ICX Corp., and Youngstown Mayor Phillip Richley blame each other for failures that led to the company's decision to pull out of the Mahoning Valley and head to western New York State, where it intends to build Russian-designed jet planes.
The Steel Communities Coalition will hold a reorganization meeting in Pittsburgh and the organization, which was born the month after Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. announce it was closing its Campbell Works, may move its base of operations to Pittsburgh.
The city of Ravenna is without its own water supply after a fire seriously damages the pumping station. Damages could top $500,000.
August 5, 1964: Calisthenics and gymnastic performances will highlight the seventh annual Sokol Day at Idora Park.
An estimated 1,500 orthodox Amish farmers in Northeastern Ohio are granted permission to light their cow barns with 12-volt battery systems so they can continue to sell milk in the Cleveland market. The Cleveland Division of Health has established minimum lighting requirements for barns. Amish bishops who gave their permission for the systems said batteries will not be powerful enough to run television sets, thus avoiding the temptation of sin.
Senate leaders Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., and Everett M. Dirksen, R-Ill., agree to seek swift and bipartisan Senate support of President Johnson's response in Southeast Asia to the attack on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
August 5, 1954: The Warren Junior Military Band of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1090 wins its 17th national championship and two other honors in VFW band competition in Philadelphia.
Thirty-two Youngstown policemen strike at seven suspected numbers headquarters , but early reports indicate few arrests were made and big-name operators such as Vince DeNiro and Sandy Naples did not figure in the raids.
The U.S. Senate approves a $4 million appropriation for construction of an Air-Navy Reserve Airfield in the Akron-Cleveland area.
Daniel S. Drobny, 14, of Wallace Avenue, Sharon, drowns in Buhl Park swimming pool. His body was found by another swimmer, who notified lifeguards.
August 5, 1929: The new East Side Library in Youngstown will accommodate 10,000 volumes and will have an auditorium seating 150 people.
Youngstown Mayor Joseph Heffernan, Finance Director James E. Jones and Law Director Carl Armstrong express opposition to a city council proposal to purchase $5,000 in advertising for the city on radio station WKBN.
Rex Harker, 23, of East Liverpool jumps from an airplane at 11,000 feet over Cincinnati and falls 9,000 feet before pulling his parachute, setting what is believed to be a record in free-fall parachute jumping.

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