Today is Saturday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2018. There are 149 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1735: A jury finds John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal not guilty of committing seditious libel against the colonial governor of New York, William Cosby.

1892: Businessman Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, are axed to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, is accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

1944: Fifteen-year-old diarist Anne Frank is arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. (Anne and her sister, Margot, died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.)

1964: The bodies of missing civil-rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

1977: President Jimmy Carter signs a measure establishing the Department of Energy.

2009: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pardons American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee for entering the country illegally and orders their release during a surprise visit by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.


1993: Salem city firefighters say city council violates the working-conditions clause of its labor agreement by banning smoking in all city- owned buildings. They are asking that a smoking area be established in the firehouse.

In his final hours as Craig Beach mayor, Julius Yuhasz signs letters removing Chris Buday as police chief and firing him as a patrolman. He also signs a letter firing Patrolman David Bresko. Yuhasz had agreed to resign to avoid a lawsuit seeking to remove him from office.

Mahoning County Dog Warden Carol Markovitch says that while there hasn’t been a case of rabies in the county in more than 40 years, the threat is real with rabies cases in nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia counties. She urges dog owners to have their pets vaccinated.

1978: Mahoning County’s second-half 1977 real-estate tax collection comes to $22.8 million or 98.3 percent of the charge.

Construction will begin Sept. 1 on International Towers, the long-delayed 16-story apartment building to house the elderly and handicapped in downtown Youngstown.

GF Business Equipment Inc. of Youngstown reports a second quarter profit of $90,500, a big turnaround from a $2 million loss in the first quarter.

1968: The Youngstown delegation to the Republican Nationalal Convention arrives in Miami Beach. Among the delegates are Ted A. Johnson of Boardman, Water H. Paulo of Canfield, Councilman Jack C. Hunter of Youngstown and Mahoning County party chairman Elton Luckhart.

Youngstown State University files a petition with the Federal Communications Commission requesting commercial television Channel 45 be retained in Youngstown as the community’s educational channel.

Beverly Dearth, instruction supervisor at Fairhaven School for the Mentally Retarded, receives a grant from the state for her to pursue full-time doctoral studies at Kent State University.

1943: Marjorie L. Campbell of Des Moines, Iowa, is named an assistant librarian at Youngstown College by President Howard W. Jones.

Pre-Pearl Harbor fathers will not be drafted from any Ohio plant that has drawn up a replacement schedule for orderly withdrawal of men from industry. That includes most large Mahoning Valley plants.

Pvt. Robert E. Sullivan sends his friends in Youngstown the insignia from the cap of a two-star German general who died of wounds in North Africa. It is believed to be the first insignia of a two-star German general to reach the U.S.

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