Years Ago

Today is Monday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2013. There are 148 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1864: During the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut leads his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala.

1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal is laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.

1912: The Progressive Party, also known as the “Bull Moose Party,” convenes in Chicago. (The party is formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt following a split in the Republican Party.)

1921: A baseball game is broadcast for the first time as KDKA radio announcer Harold Arlin describes the action between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Field. (The Pirates win, 8-5.)


1988: Karina Mitchell, 10, of Boardman, daughter of Peter Mitchell, an Englishman who opened Sovereign Circuits in North Jackson, is selected by Gov. Richard F. Celeste to cut the ribbon opening the Ohio State Fair. Standing with her were her sisters, Natasha, 4, and Annamarie, 5.

Mylio Kraja of Youngs-town, executive director of the American Legion, is one of 20 people invited to the White House to witness President Ronald Reagan vetoing the $200-billion defense spending bill passed by Democrats. The bill would cut funding for the “Star Wars”” missile defense system.

1973: Plans are unveiled for Youngstown’s $1.7 million downtown mall and redesigned Central Square.

Youngstown police arrest seven youths age 13 to 16 who they say stole bicycles valued at more than $17,000. Police said the ring specialized in 10-speed bikes valued at more than $100 each.

1963: North Side neighbors report hearing Robert L. Fleming, 28, shout to his attackers, “you better kill me now,” after a first shot was fired. A second shot hit him in the head, killing him. Youngstown police have two Warren men in custody.

A 71-year-old Boardman man who buried boards with protruding carpet tacks in his lawn to keep children off it is fined $200, with $100 suspended, by County Judge Edgar G. Diehm. The man had originally been charged with a felony, assault with a deadly weapon, after a 2-year-old boy walking with his father stepped on the tacks.

1938: The Rev. Joseph N. Trainor, dean of Catholic clergy of Mahoning County, says the position of Youngstown priests on the Youngstown bond issues has been misunderstood and that area priests are not opposed to passage of the issue, though they have some reservations about the school bonds.

Youngstown district steel operations are advancing again, with projected operations at 43 percent of capacity. All three Bessemer converters and 38 of 83 open hearths will be in production.

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