Today is Saturday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2005. There are 147 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, during World War II, the United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people.
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins to debate the articles contained in a draft of the U.S. Constitution. In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire goes out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicates. In 1890, convicted murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed in the electric chair as he is put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York. In 1914, Austria-Hungary declares war against Russia, and Serbia declares war against Germany. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle of New York becomes the first American woman to swim the English Channel, in about 141/2 hours. In 1978, Pope Paul VI dies at Castel Gandolfo at age 80. In 1986, William J. Schroeder dies after living 620 days with the Jarvik Seven artificial heart.
August 6, 1980: Newton Falls city officials say they may conduct their own census since Newton Falls fell just 60 short in the federal census of the 5,000 population needed to maintain its status as a city.
A state financial aid package that includes a $20 million low-interest loan pledged to Cummins Engine Corp. has reportedly disappointed company officials, who were hoping for an outright grant of $30 million to locate a major diesel engine plant in Youngstown.
August 6, 1965: An application to transfer a 3.2 beer permit from the Elms Ballroom at 529 Elm St. to the Lincoln Apartments, 323 N. Phelps St., across from Youngstown University, is filed with the Ohio Department of Liquor Control by L.A. Cavalier Jr., who owns both places.
Edward E. Watkins, 38, a 16-year veteran of the Niles Fire Department, is given a probationary appointment as fire chief.
August 6, 1955: A Youngstown woman and her mother are in a Chicago hospital for treatment of shock following a harrowing experience when a huge four-engine Stratocruiser narrowly misses their car after the plane overshoots a runway and rolls onto a freeway. Mrs. Evangeline Myers and her mother, Mrs. Mabel Poghen, were held overnight at Garfield Ridge Medical Center.
An extensive Campbell gambling syndicate under the name of the Campbell Novelty Co. continued operations until late 1954 and probably is still doing limited business, according to records confiscated by Campbell Solicitor Paul R. Van Such.
August 6, 1930: Police believe that Salvator Randazzo, whose bullet-riddled body was found near Vienna, was killed in a dispute over corn sugar, which he was buying by the truckload, and the production of corn whisky. They believe Randazzo attempted to make the transition from supplier of raw materials to producer of the finished product, a violation of bootlegger ethics that has led before to death in the underworld.
Inventories of the estate of the late John Stambaugh II, filed in Trumbull County Probate Court, list assets totaling $988,864.