Today is Tuesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2017. There are 145 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.

1937: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan completes its occupation of Beijing.

1942: During World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. are executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who cooperated with authorities are spared.

1945: The Soviet Union declares war against Japan during World War II.

1968: The Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.

1973: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew brands as “damned lies” reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts and vowed not to resign – which he ended up doing.

1974: President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announces he will resign the following day.

2009: Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Hispanic and third female justice.

2016: A fire and power outage at a Delta Air Lines data center in Atlanta results in the cancellation of 2,300 flights over a four-day period.


1992: The new leadership at Phar-Mor announces that the discount chain will no longer sponsor the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments in Youngstown and Inverarry, Fla.

Tamco Distributors Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Phar-Mor, lays off 500 of its 1,200 employees at its Victoria Road distribution center.

Staff training begins at the Trumbull Correctional Institution on Warren’s West Side, which is set to open in the fall.

1977: A 35-year-old South Side man is arrested for wounding Delores Beggett, 8, when he fired at the girl’s mother as she was carrying her from a house on Shady Run Road. The girl is in serious condition in Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.

The Youngstown Hardhats defeat the Central Pennsylvania Bucks 47-2 behind the pinpoint passing of Vern Wireman and glue-finger catches of Lou Kelson.

Air Force Lt. Col. Paul B. Moore Jr., a 1955 graduate of Boardman High School serving with the Defense Electronics Supply Center at Dayton, is awarded the meritorious service medal for outstanding efforts while serving at Eskisehir, Turkey.

1967: A sleeping Sebring boy, Leroy Black, 6, and two adults, Shirley Black and Joseph Hartline, are seriously burned when their car catches fire on Western Reserve Road.

Atty. Carmen Policy is named an assistant Youngstown city prosecutor to succeed Atty. Edward N. Sobnosky, who is resigning to return to private practice.

The Youth Opportunity Center places 60 young people in jobs, more than any previous week this summer.

Automobile dealers in Mahoning and Trumbull counties sold 583 new cars from July 21 to July 31, down from 649 in the same period a year earlier.

1942: About 10,000 Mahoning County residents witness a civilian defense demonstration at the Canfield Fairgrounds during which 200 volunteers extinguish fires and “mop up” after a simulated attack.

Ensign Edward McGowan of Youngstown receives his Navy wings and will be transferred to San Diego.

A five-foot image of Uncle Sam, made and owned by Roy Ruhlman is stolen from his East Midlothian Boulevard front yard.

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