Today is Wednesday, Aug. 11, the 224th day of 2004. There are 142 days left in the year. On this

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 11, the 224th day of 2004. There are 142 days left in the year. On this date in 1909, the SOS distress signal is first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, N.C.
In 1934, the first federal prisoners arrive at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. In 1942, during World War II, Vichy government official Pierre Laval publicly declares that "the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war." In 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock dies in an automobile accident in East Hampton, N.Y. In 1962, the Soviet Union launches cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev on a 94-hour flight. In 1965, rioting and looting that take 34 lives break out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. In 1978, chiefs of state and foreign dignitaries arrive in Vatican City for the funeral of Pope Paul VI. In 1984, President Reagan jokes during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." In 1992, the Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the United States, opens in Bloomington, Minn. In 1997, President Clinton makes the first use of the historic line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (However, the Supreme Court later strikes down the line-item veto as unconstitutional.)
August 11, 1979: Pascal Obinna Nnochiri, acting ambassador to the United States from Nigeria, and Louis Farrakhan, former national spokesman for the World Community of Islam in the West, are the keynote speakers for the opening of the ninth annual Black Cultural Weekend at the Buckeye Elks Auditorium in Youngstown. Ron Daniels introduces Farrakhan.
The highest ranking American in the Vatican, Cardinal John J. Wright, former bishop of Pittsburgh, dies at the age of 70.
Establishing diplomatic relations with the United States is "a deep desire" of the Vietnamese government -- and a condition to discussing American servicemen missing in action, says Rep. Lyle Williams, R-19th, after returning from a trip with other congressmen through Southeast Asia.
August 11, 1964: Boardman Township trustees vote 2-1 to rescind a building permit issued to William M. Cafaro and Associates for construction of a proposed $7 million Park South Mall across Market Street Ext. from Boardman High School.
The Ohio Presbyterian Homes Inc. purchases almost three acres of land at the southwest corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue for eventual use as a nonprofit residence for senior citizens.
An Army helicopter crashes in a hayfield near Blackstone, Va., injuring four crewmen, among them Spec. 4 William E. Hetrick, 22, of New Castle, Pa.
August 11, 1954: Youngstown Little Leaguers who won the state baseball championship in Canton are honored with a parade of more than 100 cars through Boardman and Youngstown. Youngstown defeated Bridgeport, 12-3, to win the title.
Fred A Wagner, chairman of the Mahoning County commissioners, says the county needs additional revenue, but he is not in favor of a county income tax.
A ban on rush hour parking downtown draws fire from 92 merchants who ask city council to abolish the ban because it is affecting business.
August 11, 1929: Justice of the Peace George W. Allen, Republican candidate for mayor of Salem, is arrested on a charge of assault and battery after a dispute over payment of a painter who painted a house on High Street that Allen is turning into a refuge for girls.
Nearly 500 of Charles T. Agnew's friends, business associates and political acquaintance turn out at the Agnews' little home at 716 Oakhill Ave. to mourn his passing.
The prosperity of the 600 families whose income depends on the operations of Ohio Leather Co. in Girard hinges on the final disposition of new tariff provisions on leather. The House has approved a 15 percent tariff on leather products similar to those made in Girard, but the fate of the measure in the Senate is uncertain.

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