Today is Monday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2017. There are 132 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1831: Nat Turner launches a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 whites. (Turner was later executed.)
1858: The first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas takes place.
1911: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.)
1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.
1963: Martial law is declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops begin a violent crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1972: The Republican National Convention opens in Miami Beach where Richard Nixon would be nominated for a second term.
1983: The musical play “La Cage Aux Folles” opens on Broadway.
1992: An 11-day siege begins at the cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, as government agents try to arrest Weaver for failing to appear in court on charges of selling two illegal sawed-off shotguns; on the first day of the siege, Weaver’s teenage son, Samuel, and Deputy U.S. Marshal William Degan are killed.
1992: Ohio Bancorp says it expects to be hurt in 1992 by some losses in the $32 million in loans that Ohio Bancorp and Dollar Savings & Trust Co. made to Phar-Mor Inc., Michael Monus and other individuals and businesses connected with Phar-Mor.
Mark E. Lyden is elected chairman of the Youngstown State University board of trustees, filling an opening left by the resignation of Michael Monus.
A procession of 250 motorcycles winds through Warren and into Vienna Township to honor George T. Whisenand, 38, a member of the Outlaws motorcycle club who died of a heart attack. Pistols were fired into the air at the grave site and fellow club members filled the grave by hand because “Nobody throws dirt at an Outlaw but an Outlaw.”
1977: Gas well operators believe they can drill another 1,000 to 1,200 wells in Trumbull County over the next 15 to 20 years, putting about $60 million in the pockets of county landowners.
General Extrusions Inc., an aluminum extruding company in Boardman, has developed and will market one of the country’s first solar energy systems for commercial and industrial installations.
Fred DeLuca, manager of the Youngstown Municipal Airport, calls for the creation of a regional authority so that residents of Mahoning and Trumbull counties share the cost of operating the airport, now borne only by Youngstown.
1967: The Vindicator’s Fred Childress meets Capt. Paul Sharp of Niles in Saigon before heading to Da Nang on his Vietnam tour. Sharp interprets photos looking for target areas.
Dr. Paul E. Edgar, a department chairman at Penn State University, is named dean of the new graduate school at Youngstown University.
Unions representing General Motors Division of Packard Electric and the Lordstown plant give their international bargaining committee strike authorization.
1942: Youngstown district industrial concerns are organizing “share-a- ride” programs for plant and office workers to conserve automobile tires.
The recruiting of nurses in the Youngstown district for military service has gone fairly well, but response has not met expectations. Many girls say their mothers don’t want them to go.
Alice Smith, teacher and Girl Reserve adviser at Boardman High School, and David Williams, dean of boys at South High School, will be leaders of the High School Youth Fellowship Week at Camp Fitch.