Today is Tuesday, Aug. 31, the 244th day of 2004. There are 122 days left in the year. On this date



Today is Tuesday, Aug. 31, the 244th day of 2004. There are 122 days left in the year. On this date in 1954, Hurricane Carol hits the northeastern Atlantic states. Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bear the brunt of the storm, which results in nearly 70 deaths.
In 1886, an earthquake rocks Charleston, S.C., killing up to 110 people. In 1887, Thomas A. Edison receives a patent for his kinetoscope, a device that produces moving pictures. In 1888, Mary Ann Nicholls is found murdered in London's East End in what is generally regarded as the first slaying committed by Jack the Ripper. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents. In 1962, the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent within the British Commonwealth. In 1969, boxer Rocky Marciano dies in a light airplane crash in Iowa, a day before his 46th birthday. In 1980, Poland's Solidarity labor movement is born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ends a 17-day-old strike. In 1985, Richard Ramirez, later convicted of California's Night Stalker killings, is captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood.
August 31, 1979: The final section of the northern half of Warren's Outerbelt is opened to traffic and Gov. James A. Rhodes, leading a host of dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony, blames an old enemy, the EPA, for years of delay.
The Canfield Fair opens with Debra Cook, 18, and Mark Noble, reigning as 4-H queen and king.
The heart and kidneys of a 17-year-old South Carolina boy who died of injuries suffered in an accident in Girard are removed for transplant at North Side Hospital. It is believed to be the first time in Youngstown's history that multiple organs were removed for transplant.
August 31, 1964: Search operations are underway at Berlin Reservoir for the body of Melvin Kennedy, 47, police chief of Mashalville in Wayne County, who fell overboard while trying to fix a steering cable on his fishing boat.
Young Bobby Nichols holds off a fierce charge by Arnold Palmer, one of golf's most dreaded finishers, to win the $35,000 first prize at the Carling World Golf Championship in Birmingham, Mich. Ben Hogan, now a slow-walking semi-retired 52, finishes fourth, tied with Pete Brown, the first Negro to finish that high in a PGA tourney.
August 31, 1954 : Two Chamber of Commerce committees say they will actively support a Mill Creek Park levy and Youngstown's slum clearance program when those issues appear on the November ballot.
Unless there is some radical change in the Air Force's plans, an Air Reserve center will be established at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, says L.F. Donnell, president of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce.
One of 23 Japanese fishermen showered by radioactive ash from an H-bomb test near Bikini Beach in March is reported near death. Many Japanese believe the United States has treated the case of the burned fishermen too lightly, and the death of one threatens to sink relations between Japan and the U.S. to the lowest point since World War II.
August 31, 1929: With the fair bulging with exhibits and the weatherman smiling down through clear skies, all roads leading to Canfield are carrying thousands to Mahoning County's 83rd annual fair.
Elinor Smith, 18, the holder of the women's world altitude record will fly to Lansdowne Airport after leaving the air races in Cleveland and is expected to put on an exhibition of flying in her Bellanca monoplane. She represents the Irving Parachute Co. of New York, of which Louis Campbell of Youngstown is chairman of the board.
The Public Library will resume Sunday hours on Sept. 1, opening from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The main branch will be open those same hours on Labor Day, but all branches will be closed for the holiday.

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