Today is Wednesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2014. There are 140 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1624: King Louis XIII of France appoints Cardinal Richelieu his first minister.
1792: French revolutionaries imprison the royal family.
1814: The Cape Colony in southern Africa is ceded by the Dutch to Britain. Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Angstrom is born in Logdo.
1846: The American flag is raised for the first time in Los Angeles.
1910: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, dies in London at age 90.
1923: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is again elected speaker of Turkey’s Grand Assembly.
1932: Adolf Hitler rejects the post of vice chancellor of Germany, saying he is prepared to hold out “for all or nothing.”
1934: The satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner,” created by Al Capp, makes its debut.
1946: Author H.G. Wells, 79, dies in London.
1961: East Germany seals off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors and begins building a wall that would stand for the next 28 years.
1979: Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the 14th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 3,000th career hit plateau as his team defeats the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.
1981: In a ceremony at his California ranch, President Ronald Reagan signs a historic package of tax and budget reductions.
2004: A stronger-than- expected Hurricane Charley roars ashore on Florida’s Gulf Coast as a dangerous Category 4 storm, resulting in at least 10 U.S. deaths.
TV chef Julia Child dies in Montecito, Calif., two days short of her 92nd birthday.
1989: Jim Friend, art instructor and administrator, retires from the Warren City School District after 29 years and says he intends to spend more time sculpting. His sculpture of a guitar player stands outside the Trumbull Art Guild.
Junkets, signing bonuses, special hours, day care, job sharing and free rent are becoming health care industry recruiting tools nationwide, and especially for shortages in nursing in the Mahoning Valley.
Youngstown will pay more than $2 million for garbage collection in 1990 to Browning-Ferris Industries and Waste Management because of rising landfill fees, and city officials say cuts will have to be made in other city services.
1974: The Youngstown Civil Service Commission overturns the firing of a police captain and orders the restoration of a rank to a sergeant who had been demoted for neglect of duty connected to the theft ring operating in the department.
Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department Capt. John Prystash says an investigation into coercive sexual activities and parties in the county jail has been completed and no criminal charges will be brought.
The badly decomposed body of a man who had been lashed to cement blocks with coat hangers is found in Meander Reservoir by four teenagers who were jogging.
1964: Federal and state liquor agents and Youngstown police confiscate a 55-gallon liquor still during a raid at 3248 Regis St. The owner told raiders that he went into the moonshine business because he couldn’t find work as an electrician.
Harry Schagrin Sr., 84, retired tobacco dealer and a charter member of the Youngstown Rotary Club, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital. He held the world record for perfect attendance at Rotary meetings.
Old Timers Day brings 1,500 young-at-heart senior citizens to the 57th annual event at Cascade Park in New Castle.
1939: Two men are injured when a crowd of 30 people storm the Jehovah’s Witness Hall in Hubbard, hurling fruit, vegetables and stones at members of the sect. The attack came after Hubbard police twice stopped the Jehovah’s Witnesses from organizing a parade.
Three people are injured and four are carried to safety after a $75,000 fire of undetermined origin destroyed the main building of the Jamestown, Pa., Paint & Varnish Co. and partly destroyed the Riffer Old Ladies Home nearby.
Junior Wilkoff of Squaw Creek retains his District Junior Golf Tournament crown at the Henry Stambaugh municipal course by defeating Jimmy Alcroft of Youngstown Country Club in the 36-hole finale.