Today is Thursday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2004. There are 134 days left in the year. On his date

Today is Thursday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2004. There are 134 days left in the year. On his date in 1812, the USS Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.
In 1848, the New York Herald reports the discovery of gold in California. In 1929, the comedy program "Amos and Andy," starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, makes its network radio debut on NBC. In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approves the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler. In 1942, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launch a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering about 50 percent casualties. In 1955, severe flooding in the Northeast claims some 200 lives.
August 19, 1979: Jones & amp; Laughlin Steel Corp. is emerging as a major Mahoning Valley industrial and business force, somewhat leaner but healthier as the nation's third largest steelmaker, in the wake of the painful economic surgery following the 1978 Lykes-LTV merger.
The first reunion of workers at the old Ohio Leather Co. in Girard since the day in 1971 when the company was closed is held at Tod Park. The first event was "all girls, just to get it started," but organizers hope to make it an annual event, and the men will be welcome next time.
August 19, 1964: Five new directors are named to the board of the Dog House Inc., national franchise restaurant chain with headquarters in Youngstown. Ross Marino, president, says the company has 105 franchised Dog House restaurants in 26 states. The office in the Uptown district will soon move to Boardman.
Thieves force open a glass door at the rear of the display window in the lobby of the Lustig's Shoe Store, 125 W. Federal St., and take 35 pairs of women's shoes, six pairs of boots and a number of handbags. Sidney Kline, manager, estimates the loss at $500.
August 19, 1954: The need for more funds for health and hospital services and strain put on family agencies by unemployment in Youngstown are listed as reasons for a 3.5 percent increase in the Community Chest campaign goal for 1955. The goal will be $825,000.
Nearly 2,000 paid and volunteer firemen are arriving in Youngstown for the 17th annual convention of the Ohio State Firemen's Association and its auxiliary at Hotel Pick-Ohio.
A $200,000 expansion will add 22,000 square feet to the U.S. Gypsum Co. plant in Phoenix Road in Warren. The structure will provide for storage of finished products and will accommodate seven trucks at a time.
August 19, 1929: In an attempt to stop further litigation and to avert expensive delays, officials of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District agree to pay $40,000 to five persons who are backing a suit to have the legislation under which the district was formed declared unconstitutional.
W. Edgar Leedy, operations manager of Ohio Aero Transport Co. at Lansdowne Field, parachutes from a new Argo biplane after the plane malfunctions. Leedy managed to level the plane and point it toward open space before bailing out at 1,500 feet. The plane crashed in a field adjoining the Hubbard golf links and Leedy came down safely a short distance away.
The old Postville courthouse in Lincoln, Ill., scene of many of Abraham Lincoln's lawsuits, is bought by Henry Ford, who intends to move the old courthouse to Detroit.

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