Today is Friday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2005. There are 148 days left in the year. On this date in 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut is said to have ordered, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" as he leads his fleet against Mobile Bay, Ala.
In 1914, the first electric traffic lights in the nation are installed in Cleveland. In 1924, the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, debuts. In 1953, Operation Big Switch begins as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict are exchanged at Panmunjom. In 1957, "American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC. In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, is found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death is ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills. In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union sign a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, space and underwater.
August 5, 1980: F. James McDonald, executive vice president of GM's North American operations, tours the Lordstown plant and says he sees a positive attitude toward quality. Full production of the as-yet-unnamed J-car is expected to begin in April or May, 1981.
Republic Steel Corp. will go ahead with its plans for a Warren office building, revising a project threatened by recession and the steel industry-wide slump.
August 5, 1965: Donald D. Cook, Ohio director of liquor control, defends the Liquor Department's processing of a permit application for the Penguin's Roost at 219 Lincoln Ave. near Youngstown University, despite opposition from City Council.
A 6-year-old East Side boy admits that he lied to police about being chased and slashed by a watermelon peddler July 21. The boy and his brother were riding on the back of the peddler's truck and the boy cut his head when he jumped off the truck at the insistence of the peddler. The boys made up the story about being slashed to avoid getting in trouble.
August 5, 1955: President Eisenhower signs appropriation bills that will provide $1.4 million for construction of various improvements at the U.S. Air Force's jet fighter-interceptor base at Youngstown Municipal Airport.
Trumbull County sheriff's deputies are investigating the loss of $4,500 in diamond rings and a watch believed taken from a purse that was left in a restroom at the Trumbull County Fair. The loss was reported by Mrs. Ruth Cecil, who runs the jewelry counter at the fair.
An honor graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy -- whose mother quit the Communist Party at his insistence in 1948 -- has been denied a Naval reserve commission because of her former political activities.
August 5, 1930: The life of Salvatore Rangazzo was snuffed out by a brutal gang of killers armed with sawed-off shotguns and a machine gun in an attack on him in a car on a lonely road seven miles north of Youngstown. His body was riddled with 38 bullets.
An accountant testifying for opponents of the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.-Bethlehem Steel Corp. merger says Sheet & amp; Tube stock holders would have gotten 2.1 million shares of Bethlehem stock, not 1.6 million. The difference in value is $46 million.
Plans for construction of a swimming pool within Lake Glacier are outlined at a meeting of the Fourth Ward Improvement Club at the West Side Library.