Years Ago

Today is Sunday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2013. There are 142 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1860: The nation’s first successful silver mill begins operation near Virginia City, Nev.

1934: The first federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz Island (a former military prison) in San Francisco Bay.

1942: During World War II, Pierre Laval, prime minister of Vichy France, publicly declares that “the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war.”

1954: A formal peace takes hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Viet Minh.

1965: Rioting that claim 34 lives breaks out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

1984: During a voice test for a paid political radio address, President Ronald Reagan jokes that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

1997: President Bill Clinton makes the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.


1988: The U.S. House approves the government’s purchase of 600 acres on the edge of a Civil War battleground at Manassas, Va., dealing another blow to developer Edward J. DeBartolo’s plan to build a shopping mall there.

A broken air conditioner at Youngstown Municipal Airport has sent temperatures in parts of the terminal above 100 degrees.

Hermitage commissioners reject a zone-change request that would allow construction of a shopping center on 20 acres at Buhl Farm Drive and East State Street, site of the former Westinghouse Recreation Center.

1973: The International Paper Co. will close its Youngstown milk-carton plant on Crum Road within weeks but will open a kitchen-cabinet facility adjacent to the vacant structure soon.

Warren and Cleveland banks file foreclosures totaling $459,957 against Binama Realty Co. for the former Erie Terminal Building on Commerce Street and a W. Federal Street building that houses Social Security offices.

Mayor Jack C. Hunter says the city will file suit in federal court in Cleveland to block the Federal Aviation Administration from closing its Flight Services Station at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1963: American steel companies, including those in the Youngstown district, are joining forces with automobile manufacturers to fight premature rusting of cars.

In its first season of operation, the Warren City School District’s student-run farm on 76 acres in Fowler Township has an assortment of vegetables.

U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti of Youngstown and Gloria Joy Karpinski of Cleveland, a member of the Ohio Pardon and Parole Commission, are married in Cleveland.

1938: Charles Sawyer of Cincinnati, former lieutenant governor, defeats incumbent Martin L. Davey for the Democratic nomination for governor in one of the most bitter battles in Ohio political history.

Isador L. Feuer, former county relief director who had to resign to pursue an unsuccessful run for Mahoning County auditor, is reappointed to his old post by county commissioners.

Following defeat of its bond issue by voters, the Youngstown Board of Education meets to discuss ways of saving an $800,000 federal grant that will require local funds.

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