Today is Wednesday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2005. There are 150 days left in the year. On this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that would take him to the present-day Americas.
In 1914, Germany declares war on France. In 1923, Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding. In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slaps a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. In 1949, the National Basketball Association is formed. In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. In 1980, closing ceremonies are held in Moscow for the Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States. In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers go on strike, despite a warning from President Reagan they would be fired. (They are later fired.) In 1993, the Senate votes 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 1994, Stephen G. Breyer is sworn in as the Supreme Court's newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home. In 1995, Palestinian Eyad Ismoil is flown to the United States from Jordan to face charges he'd driven a bomb-laden van into New York's World Trade Center. In 2000, George W. Bush accepts the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia. He presents himself as an outsider who would return "civility and respect" to Washington politics. In 2004, the Statue of Liberty pedestal in New York City reopens to the public for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks.
August 3, 1980: James Townley, Niles Civil Service Commission chairman, wants employee evaluations coordinated with a numerical system in dealing with promotions to eliminate subjectiveness from the process. Gene Sprecacenere, safety-service director, has initiated a system by which employees will be formally evaluated by their immediate supervisors.
Sharon Steel Corp. approves a $5.5 million pollution control project.
President Carter, trying to head off efforts to open the Democratic National Convention to alternative candidates, says it would be a "travesty" to change the rules now to try to deny him the renomination that he says he will win in any event.
August 3, 1965: A raging fire at an Alliance home takes the lives of Wayne Ramsey, 4, and his stepbrother, Denny Scala, 9. Their mother, Mrs. Carol Ramsey, 31, is in critical condition at Alliance City Hospital with burns over most of her body.
A dairy barn on the farm of Mrs. Ann Elliot of Canal Street Ext., Newton Falls, burns to the ground after being struck by lightning. Neighbors lead 30 milk cows to safety.
Lake Milton and Berlin reservoirs will be lowered by almost 6 feet by Labor Day as a result of a decision by the U.S. Army engineers to maintain flow in the Mahoning River in order to support high steel operations.
August 3, 1955: Youngstown numbers players sniff fatter profits in the wind as odds on the Cleveland numbers game are increased to 600 to 1 by a new clearing house there. There's fear of a battle between rival syndicates for "bug" control on the basis of higher pay-offs.
Youngstown and Mahoning County officials are meeting to see what can be done about the serious lack of water pressure in sections of Boardman and Austintown townships.
Frank Liguore, 77-year-old Italian immigrant who was killed when hit by a car, leaves an estate valued at $110,833, most of it in real estate holdings he amassed along Market St. near Wildwood and Woodrow avenues. He was a stationary engineer in a downtown office building and began buying property in the 1920s, before a development boom on the South Side.
August 3, 1930: A beautiful section in Mill Creek Park is open to the public with the completion of the bridge on East Golf Drive, which opens a mile and a quarter of new road near the golf course.
About one third of the men employed in the construction of Meander Dam and the roads around the reservoir are local laborers, contractors say in response to complaints that the Guthrie Construction Co. and the Pitt Construction Co. are unnecessarily importing labor.