Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2018. There are 152 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1714: Britain’s Queen Anne dies at age 49; she is succeeded by George I.

1907: The U.S. Army Signal Corps establishes an aeronautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force.

1936: The Olympics open in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

1966: Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, goes on an armed rampage at the University of Texas in Austin that killed 14 people, most of whom were shot by Whitman while he was perched in the clock tower of the main campus building.

1981: The music video channel MTV debuts.

1994: Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley confirmed they’d been secretly married 11 weeks earlier.

2007: The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapses into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people.

2013: President Barack Obama faces congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records as he and Vice President Joe Biden join lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office meeting.


1993: Members of the 6th Ohio Calvary, already veterans of many Civil War re-enactments, participated in a re-enactment at Gettysburg, Pa., that will be included in a new movie, “Gettysburg,” starring Martin Sheen and Sam Elliot.

Boardman Trustee John Cox says the state Legislature should create a new law giving urban townships with populations of 30,000 or more powers similar to those of cities. Boardman is the third-largest township among 1,318 in the state.

Salem Police Chief John L.Sommers III assigns two patrolmen, Charles Shafer and John Sheets, to part-time bicycle patrol.

1978: A 46-year-old Springfield Township man is wounded when he exchanged shots with a contingent of police who surrounded his East Middletown Road home after police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance.

About 25 news photographers and broadcast engineers, members of Local 47, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, go on strike at WYTV, Channel 33.

Three children in Crossingville, north of Meadville, Pa., are killed when 15 tons of sand and gravel collapsed on them while digging a tunnel into the side of a hill. Dead are Kevin Heffren, 4; Linda Renee Trace, 11; and her brother, Robert, 8.

1968: The Youngstown Board of Control acquires property on Covington Street as part of the site of the Child and Adult Mental Health Clinic in the Youngstown Health Center urban project.

Five employees have been given new posts at General Motors Packard Electric Division in Warren: Charles Scarbrough, Donald Gintert, James Novello, Ronald Leach and Frank Nelson.

Chan Cochran, former Vindicator reporter who is a combat correspondent for the Navy in Vietnam, tells the Youngstown Rotary Club that “the Vietnam situation demands that Americans tackle problems the way they are rather than the way we would like them to be.”

1943: Elaine Riley, whose rise from secretary to glamorous film starlet is depicted in the Parade magazine section of The Vindicator, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Riley of East Liverpool.

Lt. Arthur Formicelli of Youngstown receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for 25 operational flights with the 13th air force in the South Pacific.

Pvt. Francis C. O’Hanlon, 29, oldest of four brothers serving in the armed forces, is reported killed in action in the Southwest Pacific.

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