Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1776: Members of the Continental Congress begin attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
1873: Inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tests a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.
1876: Frontiersman “Wild Bill” Hickok is shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged.
1909: The original Lincoln “wheat” penny first goes into circulation, replacing the “Indian Head” cent.
1923: The 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, dies in San Francisco.
1943: During World War II, U.S. Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sinks after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands.
1989: Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro of Youngstown says there is a similiarity between Lake Milton and the Youngstown Municipal Airport in that the city’s general fund is being raided to support a regional facility.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is checking to see if discharges into the Mahoning River by Denman Tire Corp. in Leavittsburg exceed allowable limits.
Richard Baringer, Howland’s new school superintendent, says the school district is academically rich but faces financial challenges.
1974: Two Youngstown patrolmen arrest a 21-year-old South Side man and charge him with aggravated robbery in a purse snatching from Mary Sachetti as she neared her parked car on Commerce Street.
Ohio water haulers say orders from the state’s rural residents as much as tripled during July because of the lack of rainfall.
The Welfare Advisory Board recommends renewal of Mahoning County’s .93-mill welfare levy.
1964: The Human Engineering Institute Inc. will build a $350,000, 14-classroom training center on a 15-acre site at 6650 South Avenue Ext. in Boardman.
Trumbull County’s 119th annual fair opens at the Elm Road Fairgrounds.
Rabbi Sheldon E. Elster, who has just completed a two-year tour of military duty as Jewish chaplain of Fort Lee, Va., has been named rabbi of Ohev Tzedek Temple in Youngstown.
1939: Dr. Howard L. Williams, a Girard dentist who was elected state representative on the Republican ticket, is appointed head of the Ohio Bureau of Dental Hygiene at a yearly salary of $4,200.
Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. will blow in a fourth blast furnace at its Ohio Works, further boosting the Youngstown district’s rapidly expanding iron production.
Poland Mayor Osborne Mitchell calls for an old-fashioned town-hall meeting to discuss the village’s finances.