Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 231st day of 2016. There are 135 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1587: Virginia Dare is the first child of English parents born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina.

1846: During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny occupy Santa Fe in present-day New Mexico.

1914: President Woodrow Wilson issues his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, is ratified as Tennessee becomes the 36th state to approve it.

1954: During the Eisenhower administration, Assistant Secretary of Labor James Ernest Wilkins becomes the first black official to attend a meeting of the president’s Cabinet as he sits in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.

1963: James Meredith becomes the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., winds to a close after three nights with a midmorning set by Jimi Hendrix.

2006: Financially struggling Ford Motor Co. says it will halt production temporarily at 10 assembly plants.


1991: Members of the Youngstown Striders track club meet former Olympic runner Bernice Robinson Holland of Cleveland during award ceremonies at Wick Park. Award winners were Markus Harris, Trenton Bullock and Nicole Underwood.

The Youngstown Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division has investigated 31 complaints of police brutality over three years, but no officer has been disciplined for using excessive force. Lt. Richard Lewis says the number of complaints is minimal, given the thousands of arrests made during that period.

The board of directors of St. Francis Hospital in New Castle announces that it is formally affiliated with St. Francis Health System and its flagship hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, in Pittsburgh.

1976: More than 400 bingo players were startled and frightened when two gunmen fire shots in St. John’s Hall in Campbell before fleeing with an estimated $500.

Gov. James A. Rhodes, head of the Ohio delegation to the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, predicts President Gerald Ford’s nomination by a 200-vote margin on the first ballot over challenger Ronald Reagan of California.

William E. Brown Sr. of Youngstown is named Vet of the Year at the annual national convention of AMVETS in Philadelphia.

1966: The Mahoning County Tuberculosis Sanitorium is designated by the Ohio Health Department as one of 12 institutions to receive increases in state aid.

Common Pleas Judge Erskine Maiden Jr. rules that the Boardman Township trustees acted “unreasonably” in granting a zone change from Residential to Commercial on a 1.35-acre parcel at Hopkins and Shields Road.

Niles City Council approves legislation to pursue a downtown redevelopment plan under the federal urban-renewal program. Councilman Anthony Corea says that developer William Cafaro is interested in the project.

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill deferring men age 28 or older. Between 340 and 560 Mahoning County men who are in the Army may be eligible for discharge.

Pickpockets and thieves run rampant in Youngstown over the weekend, taking advantage of the American Legion convention and parade downtown. Many hotel rooms were ransacked, and police arrest five suspects.

Load Line No. 1 goes into production at the Ravenna arsenal, paying the first dividends on $53 million that the U.S. has poured into the 22,800-acre facility over the past year.

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