Today is Saturday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2011. There are 133 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1833: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, is born in North Bend, Ohio.
1882: Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” has its premiere in Moscow.
1910: A series of forest fires sweep through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning some 3 million acres.
1911: The New York Times sends a message around the world by regular commercial cable to see how long it would take; the dispatch, which said simply, “Times, New York: This message sent around world. Times,” was filed at 7 p.m. and returned to its point of origin 161/2 minutes later.
1968: The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations begin invading Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization driver.
1986: Gov. Richard F. Celeste commits $2.1 million in state money for redevelopment of the Strouss-Kaufmann’s building in downtown Youngstown into corporate headquarters for Phar-Mor Discounts.
Niles Mayor John P. Shaffer says he plans to lay off several Street Department employees to balance the city’s budget.
1971: Gov. John J. Gilligan goes on statewide television to tell Ohioans he will have to layoff 3,000 state employees unless the General Assembly enacts a state budget by Sept. 1.
Servicemen from Girard and Grove City, Pa., are among the 37 people killed when a Chinook helicopter crashes in Germany. Dead are Dennis A. Ferraro, 21, of Girard and Harold D. Dillaman Jr., 20, of Grove City.
Karen Weldele, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at Youngstown State University, is named queen of the Ohio State Slow Pitch Tournament in Youngstown.
1961: Members of the Salem Camera Club make a tour of the six covered bridges in Columbiana County,.
A Beaver Township barn on the Robert Sauerwein farm on Middletown Road is destroyed by fire after being hit by lightning.
1936: Gov. Alf Landon’s special nine-car train heads eastward from LaSalle, Colo., as Republican leaders in West Middlesex, Pa., are making final arrangements for the Republican presidential candidate’s speech there launching the campaign.
A terrific wind, rain and electrical storm rips through the Youngstown district, leaving a trail of one injured person and thousands of dollars in damage.
Ground-breaking for the $14 million West Branch Reservoir may come by mid-October after Mahoning and Trumbull County commissioners agree on local financing for the project.
Mahoning County Sheriff Ray T. Elser brings striking union truck drivers and trucking company officials together and negotiates an end to a transportation strike in the county.