Today is Thursday, Aug. 12, the 225th day of 2004. There are 141 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Thursday, Aug. 12, the 225th day of 2004. There are 141 days left in the year. On this date in 1944, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, is killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blows up over England.
In 1851, Isaac Singer is granted a patent on his sewing machine. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparks a move to impeach him as he defies Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. In 1898, the peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War is signed. In 1898, Hawaii is formally annexed to the United States. In 1953, the Soviet Union conducts a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb. In 1960, the first balloon satellite -- the Echo One -- is launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral. In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sends up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men land safely Aug. 15. In 1972, the last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam. In 1978, Pope Paul VI, who had died Aug. 6 at age 80, is buried in St. Peter's Basilica.
August 12, 1979: Sharon's efforts to crack down on abandoned houses within the city are being hampered by laws that require multiple notices and at least two months time before a burned-out structure can be razed.
Ethel G. Yavorsky of Poland is the first woman elected to head the national China-Burma-India Veterans Association at the 32nd annual reunion of the association in Scottsdale, Ariz. She served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in India from March 1941 to October 1944.
August 12, 1964: Police in five states are probing the disappearance from Austintown of seven persons in a magazine sales crew, a company car and about $750 from the sales manager's motel room.
Two Youngstown Naval Reserve divisions take first and second places in proficiency competition among 47 divisions in the Fourth Naval District.
Steel production in 1964 will reach "an historic high, perhaps approaching $120 million tons," Thomas F. Patton, chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute, predicts.
August 12, 1954: Establishment of an Air Force reserve training center at Youngstown Municipal Airport would add a minimum of six modern jet fighter-bombers to the force available to defend the industrial Mahoning Valley, says Col. Francis J. Vetort, Youngstown Air Base commander.
The first batch of coke from Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s new 76-oven coke battery at Struthers is pushed during a ceremony at the plant.
More than 300 children from Youngstown playgrounds participate in the 20th annual "Youth on Parade" pageant, which is staged at Idora Park and witnessed by 15,000 persons at the Idora Park ball field.
August 12, 1929: Youngstown gets an excellent view of the brightest meteoric display of the year as the world whirls into the shower of stars commonly known as the "Tears of St. Lawrence."
The first test flight of the Ohio Aero Manufacturing Co.'s new sport plane is successfully completed by Pilot W.J. Castle at the South Avenue field. The plane is a two-place high-wing cabin monoplane powered with a LeBlond 60-horsepower radial motor.
Earth tremors varying considerably in intensity and duration are felt in Youngstown as an earthquake rocks portions of five eastern states and one Canadian province. There are no reports of serious damage.
Babe Ruth clouts his 500th home run during a game at Dunn Field in Cleveland, which was won by the Indians, 6-5. The boy who caught the ball, Jake Gelser of New Philadelphia, Ohio, was taken to the Yankee dugout, where Babe gave him an autographed baseball and $20 in exchange for the home run ball.

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