Years Ago

Today is Monday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2014. There are 142 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1786: Capt. Francis Light arrives in Penang to claim the Malaysian island for Britain.

1860: The nation’s first successful silver mill begins operation near Virginia City, Nev.

1909: The steamship SS Arapahoe becomes the first ship in North America to issue an S.O.S. distress signal, off North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

1934: The first federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz Island (a former military prison) in San Francisco Bay.

1954: A formal peace takes hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the Communist Viet Minh and the French.


1989: Ralph Testa, 69, who has operated a bait shop at 414 Drake St., says business has been good, but he has closed the shop for good after being badly beaten and robbed of $750 by two men.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Peter C. Economus rules that Treasurer-elect George McKelvey will not be bound by a contract negotiated by his predecessor with the Teamsters to represent workers in the treasurer’s office.

1974: A strike that has shut down most of General Motors Corp.’s Lordstown complex has had an impact on the nation’s economy and is expected to delay changeover to the 1975 models and the introduction of a new Pontiac subcompact, the Astra.

Wally Angelo, an 8th- grader at St. Patrick School in Hubbard, wins a gold medal in the 12- to 13-year-old group for the shotput throw at the A.U.U.National Boys Track Meet in Pasadena, Calif.

1964: A.S. Glossbrenner, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., is among 200 business leaders who are guests of President Lyndon Johnson at the White House.

Boardman Township trustees vote 2-1 to rescind a building permit issued to the William M. Cafaro Co. to build the $7 million Park South Mall on Market Street across from Boardman High School.

U.S. steel production in 1964 will reach “an historic high, perhaps 120 million tons,” predicts Thomas F. Patton, chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute.

1939: O.P. Van Schoik, chief state relief examiner, tells Mahoning County commissioners that the county faces a direct relief crisis in October unless additional funds are raised.

About 4,200 fans see the big leagues’ St. Louis Browns defeat the Youngstown Browns, 13-3, in an exhibition game at Idora Park.

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