Today in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2013. There are 135 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1587: Virginia Dare becomes the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina.

1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, is ratified as Tennessee becomes the 36th state to approve it.

1938: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicate the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.

1963: James Meredith becomes the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., winds to a close after three nights with a midmorning set by Jimi Hendrix.

1976: Two U.S. Army officers are killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attack U.S. and South Korean soldiers.


1988: Republican Terrence J. Shidel kicks off his campaign to replace Mahoning County Sheriff Edward Nemeth with a call to eradicate organized crime in the Mahoning Valley.

Dr. Mohammed Kahn, a Youngstown psychiatrist and president of the local Islamic Society, says the roughly 150 Pakistani residents in the Youngstown area are concerned about the unpredictable political situation in Pakistan following the death of President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq.

George Melnick, 65, a retired truck driver, is beaten to death and his wife, Catherine, 64, seriously injured by an intruder at their home at 2405 Wick St. SE, Warren.

1973: A two-alarm fire destroys a three-story building at 137 W. Federal Street housing Sophie’s Restaurant and a vacant store that had been the Thom McAn shoe store.

A lightning bolt dislodges a 5-foot sandstone cross from atop St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.

David W. Swick, 18, of Kinsman is killed when his car smashes into a train at a fog-shrouded Fowler Township crossing. The car is dragged 8 miles until the train crew realized what happened.

1963: Eugene Kenehan, 48, and his brother, Joseph, are treated for burns after lightning ignites gasoline they were draining from a car during repairs in a New Castle, Pa., garage.

Lulu Porter, a former Youngstown girl, is making a hit at the International Song Festival at Sopot, Poland. Lulu, whose real name is Mary Ann Wolford, is the American entry in the festival.

Judge John W. Ford will speak on “Collection of Precanceled Stamps” at the meeting of the Mahoning Valley Stamp Club.

1938: Bernice Beckwith, 17, and her brother Bernard, 7, of Leavittsburg are in serious condition at Riverside Hospital in Warren after plunging 20 feet from a ferris wheel at the Ashtabula County Fair in Jefferson.

William G. Evans, Mahoning County sealer of weights and measures for four years, is dismissed by county Auditor John J. Arnold and replaced by Joe Lettau, who is prominent in veterans affairs. Evans says he doesn’t know why he was fired but admits he supported Arnold’s opponent in the primary election.

Youngstown’s 3rd Ward Democratic committeemen join the movement to oust Fred Shutrump as chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.

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