Today is Wednesday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2014. There are 147 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1813: During the Venezuelan War of Independence, forces led by Simon Bolivar recapture Caracas.
1825: Upper Peru becomes the autonomous republic of Bolivia.
1862: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled by its crew on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, La., to prevent capture by the Union.
1914: Austria-Hungary declares war against Russia, and Serbia declares war against Germany.
1926: Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 141/2 hours.
1989: Proponents of a $225 million coal liquification plant in Warren are under pressure from the U.S. Department of Energy to show progress by year’s end or risk loss of government funding.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Terry Bradshaw is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
Records show that a Struthers city councilman, who later criticized CASTLO Industrial Park for not holding public hearings on a medical waste incinerator, had written a note to CASTLO Director William DeCicco urging him to withhold public announcement of a 10-year-lease for the project because the news could hurt some council members in the May primary.
1974: The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce is recommending that Youngstown proceed with repairs to the Lake Milton dam as soon as possible, but says the city should not have to bear the full cost.
The Glenn F. Keene Memorial Recreation Center, named for a Sharon native, Cmdr. Glenn F. Keene, who died of cancer at 42, is dedicated at the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, Calif.
Services are held in Ocala, Fla, for a former Liberty and Vienna townships man, Robert M. Pleso Jr., who died in a motorcycle crash while trying to set a world motorcycle jump record by jumping 30 cars in Alabama. Among Pleso’s 63 prior jumps were ones at Youngstown Executive Airport and Sharon Speedway.
1964: Youngstown Sheet &Tube Co. will spend several million dollars at its Brier Hill open hearth to install the first vacuum degassing unit at a Youngstown mill.
“Man in the street” interviews show Youngstowners almost unanimously back President Lyndon Johnson’s strong military response to attacks by North Vietnamese PT boats on American craft in the Gulf of Tonkin.
1939: Charles J. Neff is nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as postmaster of Canfield.
Arthur H. Williams, former Youngstown finance director and runner-up to ex-Mayor Joseph Heffernan in 1927, will be the Republican standard-bearer in the November mayoral election.
Willis H. Magrath and Roy Saltsman, who have uncovered the bones of nine skeletons at the North Benton burial mound, are putting the ninth skeleton on display for the public to see exactly as it was uncovered.
New building construction in Youngstown will total between $7 million and $7.5 million in 1939, the highest since the boom period of 1925-29.