Today is Saturday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2005. There are 140 days left in the year. On this date in 1961, Berlin is divided as East Germany seals off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees.
In 1521, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captures present-day Mexico City from the Aztec Indians. In 1624, French King Louis XIII names Cardinal Richelieu his first minister. In 1704, the Battle of Blenheim is fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English and Austrian forces over French and Bavarian soldiers. In 1846, the American flag is raised for the first time in Los Angeles. In 1910, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, dies in London. In 1932, Adolf Hitler rejects the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he is prepared to hold out "for all or nothing." In 1934, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, makes its debut.
August 13, 1980: The manager of a Las Vegas hotel reports that 100 reservations for Centennial Sunshine tours were canceled when the travel agent failed to pay the required deposit. Some 100 Youngstowners booked on a tour to Las Vegas were left standing at Youngstown Municipal Airport when the chartered plane that was supposed to take them to Vegas never showed up.
George Bush and other GOP leaders warn the National Conference of Republican State Chairmen that President Carter will use "every trick in the book" to try to defeat Ronald Reagan. "In President Carter, we're up against a politician given to loose rhetoric and a president who has demonstrated time and again that he has no compunction when it comes to using the awesome power of his office to advance his personal political aims," says Bush, Reagan's running mate.
August 13, 1965: The Ohio Edison Co. announces rate reductions for heavy users of power in its district. The rate reduction will save Ohio Edison customers about $1.9 million a year of which $76,000 will be in Youngstown.
Mrs. Mabel L. Snyder Beeghly, 77, wife of L.A. Beeghly, one of the Valley's leading industrialists and philanthropists, dies at her residence.
Arizona police are trying to piece together the wanderings of Raymond Stanislaw, 33, of Youngstown, who is in Holborook, Ariz., Municipal Hospital, after stumbling into a sheepherders shack from the barren, sandy hills in 100-degree temperatures.
August 13, 1955: Trumbull County deputies and Warren police are questioning a 23-year-old Cincinnati man in connection with the brutal stabbing death of Sylvia Tanner, 15, in July. Her body was found in a thicket off S. Pine Ave. after police received a tip.
The Youngstown district gets some persistent ground-soaking rains that revived parched lawns, gardens and crop fields.
August 13, 1930: Republican John G. Cooper is renominated for his ninth term as the Youngstown district's representative to Congress. Other Republican incumbents winning nomination in the primary election were Mahoning County Prosecutor Ray L. Thomas, Sheriff Adam G. Stone, State Sen. Nils P. Johnson and state Reps. George B. Lewis, George H. Roberts and Mrs. Della Slagle.
Robert J. Bulkley of Cleveland, a former congressman who ran for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate on a campaign to repeal Prohibition, is leading four opponents in statewide tallies.
The Mahoning County Bar Association will investigate a claim that two men who are not lawyers claimed $416 from a widow who received $1,200 in settlement of a claim against a trucking company in the death of her 4-year-old son who was run over and killed by a truck.