Today is Monday, July 18, the 199th day of 2005. There are 166 days left in the year. On this date in 1947, President Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act, which places the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome begins. In 1932, the United States and Canada sign a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 1936, the Spanish Civil War begins. In 1940, the Democratic national convention in Chicago nominates President Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office. In 1955, a summit opens in Geneva, Switzerland, attended by President Eisenhower, Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and French Premier Edgar Faure. In 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., plunges off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard; passenger Mary Jo Kopechne dies.
July 18, 1980: Valley Mould Co. in Hubbard will spend $34 million for a new metallics supply for the ingot mould and stool foundry, says James S. Lewis, company president.
FBI agents pick up four men and a woman in the Hollenden House in Cleveland in connection with the armed robbery of a Struthers branch bank.
The unofficial death toll from the 27-day heat wave that is smothering the South and Midwest is nearing 1,000, with close to 700 of the fatalities reported in a week.
July 18, 1965: Mayor Anthony B. Flask's administration has kept the total number of city employees slightly under the number employed when he took office, but has 134 persons out of 1,447 on the payroll who have not taken Civil Service tests for the posts they hold.
Valerie Jan Lavin, Miss Canton and Miss Ohio State, is name Miss Ohio of 1965 and will represent the state in the Miss America pageant.
The jet age has really arrived at Youngstown Municipal Airport as proved by an elaborate array of $3 million to $4 million worth of jet executive aircraft undergoing maintenance at Youngtown Airways.
July 18, 1955: St John's Greek Orthodox Congregation in Sharon dedicates its imposing new and remodeled $150,000 church at Cedar Ave. and Morrison St. The Very Rev. Paul Tkach is the congregation's first and only pastor.
Two Youngstown students, Donald McCarty and John E. Foust Jr., are among 21 survivors in a crash of a Braniff airliner in Chicago that took the lives of 22 people. Among the dead is Joseph A. Thornberry, 21, of East Liverpool. The students were returning from Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas, where they completed four weeks of Air Force Reserve Officers training.
Christening ceremonies are held for the USS Mahoning County, formerly LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 914. Among the sailors on board is Fireman Richard G. Adams of Struthers.
July 18, 1930: Youngstown Mayor Joseph Heffernan orders police to clean out bookmakers operating in Youngstown. The mayor has previously charged that bookies could not operate in the city unless they have been buying protection from police.
Ivor Jenkins, 11, and his brother, Elwyn, 12, spend the day in the courtroom of their father, Judge David G. Jenkins, who is hearing the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.-Bethlehem Steel Corp. merger case.
Mill Creek Park commissioners will hire a competent sanitary engineer to survey Lake Glacier in an attempt to find the cause of the lake's pollution and to make bathing in the lake once again possible.