Today is Friday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2005. There are 134 days left in the year. On this date in 1955, severe flooding in the northeastern U.S. claims some 200 lives.
In 1812, the U.S.S. Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812. In 1848, the New York Herald reports the discovery of gold in California. In 1929, the comedy program "Amos and Andy," starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, makes its network radio debut on NBC. In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approves the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler. In 1942, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launch a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering about 50-percent casualties. In 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicts American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. In 1974, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies is fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrates the American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, during a protest by Greek Cypriots. In 1976, President Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City. In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 die as the jetliner makes a fiery emergency landing at the Riyadh airport. In 1991, Soviet hard-liners announce to a shocked world that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has been removed from power. (The coup collapses two days later.)
August 19, 1980: Mahoning County officials and the lawyer for 14 deputies who were wrongfully discharged in 1976 reach an agreement calling for a settlement of at least $250,173 in back pay and reinstatement of three of the group to their jobs.
The Mahoning Valley is not expected to "bounce back" as successfully from the three most recent steel plant shutdowns as it did from the 1977 closing of the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. Campbell Works, states a report by the YSU Department of Urban Studies.
Supporters of U. S. Rep. John R. Anderson, independent presidential candidate, open the candidate's Mahoning County headquarters at 119 W. Boardman St. Elsie Dursi is county chairman.
August 19, 1965: A youngster who threw wire into an Ohio Edison Co. substation at Clifton Drive and Southern Boulevard causes a power failure that affected a large portion of Boardman and the South Side of Youngstown.
Randy Yacovone, 15, of Lake Milton is credited with saving Patty Neil of Canton, who was clinging to a family friend, Alfred Beiter, while swimming in Lake Milton when Beiter went underwater without warning. The girl struggled until her rescuer arrived; Beiter's body was recovered from 10 feet of water an hour later.
Coming to Idora Park, in concert and for dancing, Stan Kenton and his band. Admission $2.50.
August 19, 1955: Youngstown City Engineer James C. Ryan says the city should be ready to place a bond issue on the November 1956 ballot to finance a $12 million arterial highway system.
The frightening growth in narcotics cases in the Youngstown area is recognized by the grand jury when it returns 19 indictments against addicts and salesmen.
The Mahoning County Board of Elections is considering buying more automatic voting machines and doing away entirely with paper ballots.
August 19, 1930: Two ambulance chasers return $416 in damages won by a widow whose young son was killed in a traffic accident The men claimed the money was for help they allegedly gave the woman in bringing suit. In ordering the return of the money to the women, Probate Judge Clifford M. Woodside said he hopes to break the practice of ambulance chasing in the city.
Water that is not fit to drink is not fit to swim in, says Dr. H.E. Welch, Youngstown health commissioner, writing for the Ohio Health News, a state department of health publication.
Edward Petrick Jr., 8, dies in New Castle Hospital after being thrown from the rumble seat of an automobile driven by his mother that skidded and dropped off the road near the family home.