Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2013. There are 150 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that takes him to the present-day Americas.
1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr goes on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Va., charged with treason. (He is acquitted less than a month later.)
1863: The first thoroughbred horse races take place at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
1914: Germany declares war on France at the onset of World War I.
1936: Jesse Owens of the United States wins the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he takes the 100-meter sprint.
1943: Gen. George S. Patton slaps a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton is later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)
1949: The National Basketball Association is formed as a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
1988: Youngstown and Mahoning County officials meet with representatives of the governor’s office to discuss the city’s role in construction of a new Mahoning County jail.
The Rev. Michael Rosco, director of Camp Nazareth near Mercer, Pa., says the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, which operates the camp is not interested in publicizing a report of 19 “weeping” icons at the camp, nor is it interested in scientific studies to validate the incident.
Warren voters reject an 8.5-mill ballot issue in a special election, but Niles and Joseph Badger district residents approve tax issues by a narrow margin.
1973: The Youngstown Steel Tank Co. and Youngstown Steel Tank Construction Co. are purchased by a group of industrialists headed by Joseph J. Comparato and Frank Comparato of Valley Steel Erectors in Niles.
U.S. Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Richardson orders a new Justice Department investigation into the death of four Kent State University students shot by National Guardsmen in 1970, citing “a need to exhaust every potential for acquiring facts related to this tragedy.”
John Hadl will make his debut as quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams in an exhibition game with the Dallas Cowboys, but the Rams second-round draft pick, Ron Jaworski of Youngstown State University, is expected to see action.
1963: Illness forces Richard J. Barrett, Democratic nominee for Youngstown mayor, to withdraw from the race. The Democratic Central Committee will select a replacement.
Youngstown Mayor Harry Savasten takes federal urban renewal officials on a tour of downtown Youngstown to discuss a 10-year redevelopment plan for the section east of Central Square.
Bill Lampi, a graduate of the University of Illinois in music and math, will appear at the Old North Baptist Church in Canfield where he will play the trumpet and coronet simultaneously and in harmony.
1938: Estimates range from 8,000 to 14,000 for crowds in Youngstown, Niles, Hubbard and Lowellville to greet Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charles Sawyer of Cincinnati.
A 35-year-old Garfield Street man is arrested for robbing the Palace Grill July 15, after 13 of the 20 people he herded into the basement identify him in a police line-up.