Today is Sunday, August 3, the 215th day of 2014. There are 150 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that would take him to the present-day Americas.
1863: The first thoroughbred horse races take place at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
1914: Germany declares war on France at the onset of World War I.
1936: Jesse Owens of the United States wins the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he takes the 100-meter sprint.
1966: Comedian Lenny Bruce, 40, is found dead in his Los Angeles home.
1981: U.S. air traffic controllers go on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.
1993: The Senate votes 96-3 to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
2004: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge defends the decision to tighten security in New York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest terror warnings was as much as four years old.
2009: A court in Los Angeles appoints Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, permanent guardian of the late pop star’s children.
1989: Volunteers, including Warren Mayor Dan Sferra, are calling 3,000 city residents urging them to support a 9.5-mill school levy appearing on a special ballot.
After 10 years of darkness due to budget constraints, Campbell streets will again be fully illuminated after the city reaches a new agreement with Ohio Edison.
The Guinness Book of World Records announces that Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200 will be listed in the 1990 record book as the world’s fastest rollercoaster, reaching speeds of 72 mph after a 194-foot drop off the first hill.
1974: Robbers break into the home of Clyde Feicht, 65,on Lisbon Road, Greenford, shooting and wounding Feicht and beating his wife, Alice, unconscious.
The Church Hill Road bridge, built in the 1870s, one of seven surviving covered bridges in Columbiana County, is reputed to be the shortest covered bridge in the United States on a once-used public highway.
Robert Fink, Boardman Township road superintendent, invents a simplified roller for leveling blacktop that can be attached to the back of any truck, eliminating the need for a separate rolling machine.
1964: Youngstown lawyer John Ruffalo Jr., who faces an indefinite suspension for soliciting personal injury and death-claim cases against railroads, files a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court contending that a majority of the 17 members of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline were attorneys for railroads.
Gov. James A. Rhodes is quietly exploring the idea of putting a $250 million bond issue on the ballot in 1966 that would include $12 million for Youngstown University.
George E. Hamilton, 25, of Union Street, Warren, drowns in Mosquito Lake after jumping into the lake to help a struggling swimmer, Suzanne Read, 36, of Hamilton Street. Other rescuers saved her, but Hamilton disappeared.
1939: Thousands of Youngstowners turn their eyes skyward as U.S. Army Air Corps fighter planes fly in formation to mark the air corps’ 30th anniversary. The planes set out from Wright Field in Dayton and headed toward Akron after flying over Youngstown.
Work halts at the $3.5 million Westlake housing project in a dispute between carpenters and higher-paid lathers over who should install certain metal trim on the 68 buildings at the complex.
Warren City Council postpones for 30 days action on a proposed $1 million slum-clearance project over questions of zoning changes on Niles Road S.E.