Today is Monday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2005. There are 145 days left in the year. On this date in 1974, President Nixon announces he will resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile. In 1876, Thomas A. Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph. In 1942, six convicted Nazi saboteurs who had landed in the United States are executed in Washington, D.C.; two others receive life imprisonment. In 1945, President Truman signs the United Nations Charter. In 1945, the Soviet Union declares war against Japan during World War II. In 1963, Britain's "Great Train Robbery" takes place as thieves make off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes. In 1968, Richard M. Nixon is nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Miami Beach. In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew brands as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vows not to resign -- which he eventually does. In 1978, the United States launches Pioneer Venus II to study the atmosphere of Venus. In 1994, Israel and Jordan open the first road link between the two once-warring countries.
August 8, 1980: The Rev. Edward Stonework Sr. of Campbell, a Baptist minister and past president of the Mahoning County Council on Aging, will receive the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Mahoning County award at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.
August 8, 1965: A total of $1,500 has been collected toward the $10,000 fund being raised by the Band Mothers Club to buy new uniforms for the Salem Senior High School marching band.
August 8, 1955: Football in Youngstown will be easier on the eyes when the season reopens, with both Rayen and South stadiums getting new lighting systems that will increase lighting 400 percent.
A number of leaders in Austintown and Boardman are saying that serious consideration should be given to annexing both townships to Youngstown to address service shortfalls that have developed with dramatic increases in population.
August 8, 1930: Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. earned $2.6 million for its common stock during the second quarter of the year, equivalent to $2.18 a share. It is the nation's only large steel company to show a larger profit in the second quarter of the year than the first.