Years Ago

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2014. There are 128 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1718: Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans.

1825: Uruguay declares independence from Brazil.

1916: The National Park Service is established within the Department of the Interior.

1921: The United States signs a peace treaty with Germany.

1943: U.S.-led Allied troops liberate New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from Japanese forces during World War II.

1944: During World War II, Paris is liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. Romania declares war on former ally Germany.

1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows.

1960: The Rome Summer Olympics has its opening ceremonies.

1967: George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, is shot to death in the parking lot of a shopping center in Arlington, Va.; former party member John Patler is later convicted of the killing.

1980: The Broadway musical “42nd Street” opens. (Producer David Merrick stuns the cast and audience during the curtain call by announcing that the show’s director, Gower Champion, had died earlier that day.)

1981: The U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 comes within 63,000 miles of Saturn’s cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.

1984: Author Truman Capote is found dead in a Los Angeles mansion; he was 59.

1989: Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Neptune, its final target.


1989: Douglas Christenson of Wisconsin will carve a rooster, symbol of the Canfield Fair, from a 7-foot log during the course of the 1989 fair.

Larry “Little Ninja” Gibson of Hubbard, 4-foot, 6- inches tall, says during a “midget tossing contest” at the Towne & Country Lounge, that he enjoys being tossed across the barroom onto a pile of mattresses, and will probably continue to pursue his “hobby.”

Youngstown police arrest 10 people at a house on Essex Street, believed to be a cocaine marketplace.

1974: Titanium, the high- strength, lightweight “royalty” of metals, is developing new worldwide markets, which is good news for RMI Inc., which has plants in Ash-tabula and Niles.

The enrollment for Trumbull County’s 21 school districts will be virtually unchanged from 1973, with an enrollment of 51,000.

Richard J. Owen, director of library services at Heidelburg College in Tiffin, becomes the university librarian at Youngstown State University, succeeding Dr. George H.G. Jones of Poland, who is retiring.

1964: Bob Shave Jr. of Cleveland wins the Youngstown Open, shooting 137 over 36 holes. Don Voth of Akron and Les Jennings of Girard are runners-up, and Pete D’Alessio of Youngstown leads the amateurs.

Elmer Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., president of the International Typographers Union, sends a telegram ordering printers and mailers at the Youngstown Vindicator to return to work and to cross picket lines set up by striking members of the Newspaper Guild.

1939: A Youngstown delegation of waterway boosters is being organized to ensure the proposed Lake Erie-Ohio River waterway gets attention at the Mississippi Valley Association convention in St. Louis, Mo.

Youngstown police have been unable to determine the reason for the mysterious bombing at the home of Neil Chambers, 425 Willis Ave., and have concluded that the bomb was intended for a “bug” writer who lives nearby.

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