Today in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2013. There are 131 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1485: England’s King Richard III is killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.

1787: Inventor John Fitch demonstrates his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1846: Gen. Stephen W. Kearny proclaims all of New Mexico a territory of the United States.

1851: The schooner America outraces more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that comes to be known as the America’s Cup.

1862: President Abraham Lincoln responds to Horace Greeley’s call for more drastic steps to abolish slavery; Lincoln replies that his priority is saving the Union, but he also repeats his personal wish “that all men everywhere could be free.”

1910: Japan annexes Korea, which remains under Japanese control until the end of World War II.

1922: Irish revolutionary Michael Collins is shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.

1932: The British Broadcasting Corp. conducts its first experimental television broadcast, using a 30-line mechanical system.

1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon are nominated for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.


1988: Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Warren is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of George Melnick and the beating of his wife, Catherine.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to go ahead with a reduction of service at the flight service station at Youngstown Municipal Airport despite a request by Mayor Pat Ungaro to defer the move until he can meet with FAA officials.

The Youngstown Board of Control approves a $35,000 contract with a Hartford, Conn., consulting firm to study ways to use the vacant B&O train station and its riverfront property.

1973: Common Pleas Judge Clyde W. Osborne denies a motion by James Anderson, 33, for early release from Mahoning County Jail where he began serving a year’s sentence on Nov. 10, 1972, for seven vehicular traffic deaths in downtown Youngstown.

Youngstown police arrest two 17-year-olds and are seeking two others in the investigation of armed robberies, including one in which a grocer, Jerry Jadallah, was wounded.

The Canfield Civic Association says it will seek a ruling from the Ohio Attorney General in an effort to block the use of city income tax funds for the construction of sidewalks.

1963: August Mirth, 70, of Centervale Avenue, drowns while swimming alone near Geneva-on the-Lake.

The Ohio Department of Liquor Control is processing an application to transfer five permits for Cicero’s, a plush restaurant at 2609 Market St., from Cicero’s Inc. to Lee J. Tiberio Jr., an insurance agent.

John Bonace, 39, of Lowellville, escapes a fiery death by leaping through a window after a spark from his electric welder causes an $8,000 fire at Evans Equipment Co. on Poland Avenue.

1938: The Rev. Louis O. Mink, pastor of Central Christian Church at Newark, is called to become pastor of the Central Christian Church in Youngstown by a unanimous vote of the congregation.

Three young burglars between 16 and 17 years old are captured by a squad of 10 police inside the Thrifty Market at 119 E. Federal St.

Joseph Kolesar, 43, a bricklayer’s helper, dies of injuries received when he was hit by an automobile in Albert Street as he was running to catch a bus.

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