Today in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2013. There are 145 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1815: Napoleon Bonparte sets sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.

1911: President William Howard Taft signs a measure raising the number of U.S. representatives from 391 to 433, effective with the next Congress, with a proviso to add two more when New Mexico and Arizona become states.

1937: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan completes its occupation of Beijing.

1942: During World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. are executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who’d cooperated with authorities are spared.

1945: President Harry S. Truman signs the U.S. instrument of ratification for the United Nations Charter.

The Soviet Union declares war against Japan during World War II.


1988: On Aug. 8, 1988, so many gamblers played 8888 in the Big 4 drawing that the lottery commission stopped taking bets on that number.

Joyce Pogany of Austintown is elected president of the board of directors of the Mahoning Valley Camp Fire Council.

Nearly 1,500 dogs compete in the Mahoning/Shenango Kennel Club’s all-breed dog show at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

1973: A Louisiana coed, Betty Jean Anderson, 23, is found guilty by U.S. District Judge Leroy Conti of attempting to commit a crime aboard an aircraft and attempting to commit manslaughter. Sentencing will come at a later date. Each charge carries the possibility of three years in prison.

One of two inmates who escaped from city jail on June 10 is captured inside a garage at Thorn Street and Falls Avenue. The other inmate remains at large.

Youngstown is one of 94 major American cities to show a decrease in serious crime, according to FBI statistics for 1972.

1963: The Mahoning County Board of Elections closes its books on the November nonpartisan elections with 154 people filing nomination petitions.

Helmut Borger, vice president in charge of finance for Mannesmann-Meer Inc., tells the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Club that his company has found its move from Easton, Pa., to Youngstown five years earlier to be well justified and the company, which designs tube mills, looks forward to “many good years in the future.”

1938: Trumbull County’s 93rd annual fair, described by organizers as “bigger and better,” opens at the fairgrounds with horse races featuring 50 percent more horses than a year earlier.

Nearly 50,000 citizens are expected to vote in Democratic and Republican primaries and decide what could be a historic vote on bonds to finance $7 million in municipal and school district projects.

Gasoline station operators are getting firearms training under the auspices of the Independent Gasoline Dealers, which endorses a “shoot to kill” policy to reduce armed robberies. City police officers are conducting the lessons.

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