Years Ago

Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2014. There are 139 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1848: The Oregon Territory is created.

1900: International forces, including American Marines, enter Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which is aimed at purging China of foreign influence.

1909: The newly opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway has its first event, a series of motorcycle races.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.

1944: The federal government allows the manufacture of certain domestic appliances, such as electric ranges and vacuum cleaners, to resume on a limited basis.

1945: President Harry S. Truman announces that Japan has surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

1951: Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, 88, dies in Beverly Hills, Calif.

1969: British troops go to Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

1973: U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends.

1980: Workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, in a job action that results in creation of the Solidarity labor movement.

1989: South African President P.W. Botha announces his resignation after losing a bitter power struggle within his National Party.

1994: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist known as “Carlos the Jackal,” is captured by French agents in Sudan.

2004: A visibly weak Pope John Paul II joins thousands of other ailing pilgrims at a cliffside shrine in Lourdes, France, telling them he shares in their physical suffering and assures them the burden is part of God’s “wondrous plan.”


1989: Eighteen Youngs-town area Arby’s restaurants are conducting a test that will allow customers to pay with credit cards. It is the first fast food chain in the area to do so.

About 1,000 people camp outside the Phillip Murray Hall on South Avenue to apply for 600 available Section 8 housing assistance slots.

Girard’s annual Parkwood Days Festival is marred when the seat of an amusement ride breaks off, hurling Christine Latronic, 18, and Maurice Damelio, 18, from the parachute ride. Latronic is in St. Elizabeth Hospital, where Damelio was released after treatment.

1974: President Ford asks William B. Saxbe, a former Republican senator from Ohio, to remain in his cabinet as Attorney General.

A discharged Austintown school bus driver and driver education teacher is placed on three years probation on charges of contributing to the unruliness of a minor girl. Juvenile Court Judge Martin Joyce says he suspended a six-month jail sentence because the man is the sole support for his 81-year-old mother.

Youngstown’s Milton Dam crisis remains unresolved after City Council refuses to pass any of six measures aimed at either rehabilitating or breaching the dam.

1964: Youngstown district mills are adding six open hearths, bringing production to 81 percent, the highest since the spring of 1962, with 11 blast furnaces, 47 open hearths, nine electric furnaces and one basic oxygen converter in operation.

A $10,000 fire guts the Amerital Veterans and Civic Association clubhouse at 1755 Shehy St. Firemen from the No. 6 Fire Station, which is only a few doors away, found six or seven places where fires had been set.

James C. Foutts, 56, director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for 19 years, dies in North Side Hospital.

1939: Business Agent Anthony Hubbard orders Youngstown carpenters to end their three-week strike at the $3 million Westlake Housing project.

The Rev. George L. Ford, secretary of Federated Churches and former pastor of Himrod Baptist Church, dies of a heart ailment in North Side hospital. He was 69.

Youngstown police and Trumbull sheriff’s deputies are seeking four bandits who held up Julius Antonitz of 53 Henry St., Vienna, of $210, most of which he had won at the Fowler dog track.

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