Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2013. There are 147 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1813: During the Venezuelan War of Independence, forces led by Simon Bolivar recapture Caracas.

1862: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled by its crew on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, La., to prevent capture by the Union.

1926: Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 141/2 hours.

1930: New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Force Crater goes missing after leaving a Manhattan restaurant; his disappearance remains a mystery.

1942: Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of Congress, telling lawmakers that despite Nazi occupation, her people’s motto remains, “No surrender.”

1945: During World War II, the United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths.


1988: The FBI is holding a Cleveland man captured by Boardman police after a robbery of a Boardman Bank One branch during which the robber left behind a package that he said was a bomb.

Pastors in the West Branch Ministerial Association are urging their congregations to boycott local theaters for a year if they show “The Last Temptation of Christ” which, they say, depicts Christ as demented.

Sister Marilyn Ruflin, coordinator of the rite of Christian Initiation for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, is named director of the diocesan office of worship by Bishop James W. Malone.

1973: Robbery is suspected as the motive in the slaying of Jack E. Whitford, 25, of Girard, who was shot and killed by two men while sitting in a parked car near the Chase Swimming Pool.

Trumbull County Sheriff Robert Barnett is investigating the apparent beating death of Jerry Clark, 40, of Warren, owner of the El Radu Caf on Niles Road SE, whose body was found near S. Leavitt and Risher roads.

The loss is estimated at $30,000 from a fire that was set by burglars after stealing some $3,000 in cash and jewelry from the home of Mrs. Sandie Callella of 3916 S. Schenley Ave.

1963: About 650 production workers go on strike shutting down the Lee Rubber & Tire Corp.’s Republic Rubber Division plant on Albert Street.

U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown, a leader in conservation and constructive development of natural resources, will receive an honorary doctor of civil laws degree during commencement exercises at Colorado State University.

Edward J. DeBartolo rejects an offer of $12 million for Thistledown, Cranwood and Randall Park horse racing tracks.

1938: A five-room, two story house at Lake Milton blows up and Thomas Crawford, 62, is seriously burned when he struck a match while searching for a gas leak.

Only 50 people are given WPA assignments in July, while the total number employed on WPA projects in Mahoning County stands at 9,894.

Swimming is becoming one of the most popular sports and the city will add three new pools to the four now open if the PWA $7-million school and city improvement program is approved by voters Aug. 9.

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