Today is Friday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2018. There are 150 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

1914: Germany declares war on France at the onset of World War I.

1936: Jesse Owens of the United States wins the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint.

1958: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

1972: The U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

1981: U.S. air traffic controllers go on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.

1987: The Iran-Contra congressional hearings end, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels.

1994: Arkansas carries out the nation’s first triple execution in 32 years.


1993: The number of jobs at General Motors Lordstown assembly plant could be cut from 7,292 at the beginning of 1993 to 4,486 by the end of 1994. Salaried jobs could be cut from 564 to 390. (The plant employs about 1,500 today.)

The theft of $763 from the safe of the Columbiana County clerk of courts office in September 1992 remains unsolved. Detective David Smith says there are no new leads.

Austintown Township trustees enact new parking restricts on boats and RVs, requiring them to be in rear or side yards with at least 10 feet between the vehicle and the property line. They can be parked on a driveway pad that is perpendicular to the street and at least 15 feet from the curb.

1978: Three are dead after a two-car head-on collision in Mahoning Avenue near Viall Road in Austintown. Dead are Stephen Kranko, 53, the driver of one car, and Jayne Pompoco, 16, and Pamela Kalmer, 17. Two other girls are hospitalized with serious injuries.

The Austintown Fire Department’s snorkel truck is enlisted in an effort to remove a large beehive from the belfry of Mineral Ridge First United Methodist Church.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rejects $15.3 million in grant requests by the Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency.

1968: Assets of the High Point Sprinkler Co. of Mineral Ridge are sold to Great Lakes Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of Cleveland.

The seventh floor of the new Metro Plaza Apartments (the Hotel Ohio) has been filled with 27 tenants from the Tod Hotel. The seventh and eighth floors of the hotel are leased by the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The Mahoning National Bank receives approval to establish a new branch in the Austintown Plaza, which will be the bank’s 13th branch.

1943: Capt. Robert Sanders, pilot of the famous three “Butches” and Youngstown’s current air hero arrives at Youngstown Municipal Airport to greet an overjoyed family and a host of friends. Saunders’ three bombers were each named “Butch” in tribute to his wife.

Several Youngstown bakeries have closed for one to two weeks, and some others will be closing because heavy summer trade has forced them to use up all their sugar.

Mystery still surrounds the death of Emmet McKelley, 31, a laborer at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.’s Campbell Works byproducts plant who fell into a vat of tar.


The name of Lt. Arthur Formichelli of Youngs-town, who received a Distinguished Flying Cross award in 1943, was misspelled in a Years Ago item published Wednesday.

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