Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2013. There are 124 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1533: The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, is executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

1862: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing begins operations at the United States Treasury.

1877: The second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, dies in Salt Lake City at age 76.

1943: Responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers during World War II, Denmark manages to scuttle most of its naval ships.

1944: Fifteen thousand American troops march down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continues to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

1952: “4’33” (“Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds”), a composition by avant-garde composer John Cage, premieres in Woodstock, N.Y., as pianist David Tudor sits at a piano and, for a total of four minutes and 33 seconds, plays ... nothing.

1953: An early version of the animated cartoon character Speedy Gonzales makes his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon “Cat-Tails for Two.”


1988: Despite a state law mandating the use of seat belts, motorists in Ohio rank below the national average when it comes to buckling up, so Ohio Highway Patrol troopers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are cracking down.

Michael J. McCullion of Youngstown, director of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, says the number of motor vehicle deputy registrars will decrease under an order issued by Gov. Richard F. Celeste.

The Howland Historical Society has raised half of its $110,500 goal to save the “Thyme to Cook” building at 4788 E. Market St., which is believed to have been the original town hall, which was donated to the township in 1815.

1973: Ohio Edison Co. will spend more than $1.5 billion to build a new nuclear power plant on Lake Erie, northeast of the village of Berlin Heights.

The Youngstown Education Association is seeking a starting salary of $7,700 for teachers. The board’s counteroffer is $7,170.

Another day of sweltering heat, the fourth in a row, brings more than 11,000 youngsters and adults to the city’s six swimming pools.

1963: Despite the threat of rain, some 35,000 people are expected for the opening day of the Canfield Fair, which is also Youth Day.

Water supplied by the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District to Youngstown, Niles and McDonald is continuing to increase steadily, averaging 31.2 million gallons a day in the fiscal year ended June 30.

A North Side storekeeper, Ahmad Mousa, who keeps two guns on hand, thwarts another hold-up attempt at his store on W. Madison Avenue.

1938: Dr. D. West Richards, widely known Youngstown musical director, will go to Pittsburgh to conduct the 10th National Gymanfa Ganu at Carnegie Music Hall.

Mary Wheeler, youthful Rayen School girl, wins the City Women’s Tennis Championship with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Peg Groves in the final of the city tournament at the Kyle Courts.

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