Years Ago

Today is Monday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2014. There are 149 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1735: A jury finds John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal not guilty of committing seditious libel against the colonial governor of New York, William Cosby.

1790: The Coast Guard has its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.

1830: Plans for the city of Chicago are laid out.

1892: Andrew and Abby Borden are axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, is accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

1914: Britain declares war on Germany for invading Belgium; the United States proclaims its neutrality in the mushrooming world conflict.

1916: The United States reaches agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

1936: Jesse Owens of the U.S. wins the second of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he prevails in the long jump over German Luz Long, who is the first to congratulate him.

1964: The bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

1972: Arthur Bremer is convicted and sentenced in Upper Marlboro, Md., to 63 years in prison for his attempt on the life of Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace (the sentence was later reduced to 53 years; Bremer was released in 2007).


1989: Youngstown police are searching for eight heavily armed men involved in a shootout at Warren Avenue and Hillman Street that left two innocent bystanders wounded.

The Youngstown Board of Education approves a “no pass, no play” policy that bars junior high students from participating in sports and other extracurricular activities in high school unless they passed all of their subjects as eighth-graders.

The Youngstown Pride, which has won eight of its last 10 basketball games, opens a seven-game home stand, facing off against Finland at Beeghly Center.

1974: The Northeast Ohio Council on Drug Abuse opens a walk-in drug information and counseling center at 305 E. Market St. in Warren. The Rev. Fred Trucksis is project director.

When Ohio lottery tickets go on sale Aug. 12, there will be 646 outlets operating in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. The “Buckeye 300” game will have prizes from $20 to $300,000, plus a chance to win $1 million.

Youngstown Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. is building 60 10-ton air-conditioned vans that will be shipped to Saudi Arabia for use in reclamation projects in the desert oil fields. About 50 of the company’s 100 employees are turning out five units a week.

1964: Youngstown Fire Capt. William Lightbody, 48, is in critical condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital after suffering a heart attack while directing fire-fighting a house blaze on Hayman Street.

The U.S. government declares about 350 acres of the 550-acre Lordstown Military Reservation as surplus, opening the way for industrial development at the site on state Route 45 north of Lordstown center.

A gallon of milk in a glass bottle, which was selling for 65 to 68 cents a week ago, is selling for 71 cents, reflecting recent increases in the prices dairymen are getting for raw milk.

1939: Jacob D. Waddell, 69-year-old president of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District and for many years a leader in Mahoning Valley steel and civic affairs, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home at 503 Brown St. in Niles.

More than 5,000 residents and former residents of Struthers set a new attendance record at the “Struthers Day” celebration at Idora Park.

The U.S. House passes a bill ordering the Social Security Board to reimburse Ohio $11.3 million paid to Ohio retirees. It had withheld the funds because it said Ohio’s old-age pension did not meet federal guidelines.

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