Today is Sunday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2018. There are 148 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1864: During the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala.

1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal is laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.

1921: A baseball game is broadcast for the first time as KDKA Pittsburgh radio announcer Harold Arlin describes the action between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Field. (The Pirates won, 8-5.)

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the National Labor Board, which was later replaced with the National Labor Relations Board.

1936: Jesse Owens of the United States wins the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals.

1953: Operation Big Switch begins as remaining prisoners taken during the Korean War are exchanged at Panmunjom.

1957: The teenage dance show “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC-TV.

1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, is found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death is ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.”

1962: South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela is arrested on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment.

1967: The U.S. space probe Mariner 7 flies by Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data.

1974: The White House releases transcripts of subpoenaed tape recordings showing that President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, had discussed a plan in June 1972 to use the CIA to thwart the FBI’s Watergate investigation; revelation of the tape would spark Nixon’s resignation several days later.

1981: The federal government begins firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike.

1991: Democratic congressional leaders formally launch an investigation into whether the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign had secretly conspired with Iran to delay release of American hostages until after the presidential election, thereby preventing an “October surprise” that supposedly would have benefited President Jimmy Carter. (A task force later concluded there was “no credible evidence” of such a deal.)

2008: President George W. Bush arrives in South Korea to begin a three-country Asia tour.

Jose Medellin, a Mexican-born condemned killer, is executed by the state of Texas for his part in the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls, Elizabeth Pena and Jennifer Ertman, in 1993.

2013: A gunman opens fire at a municipal meeting in Ross Township, Pa., killing three people before he is tackled and shot with his own gun; authorities say the shooting stemmed from a dispute over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property.

Alex Rodriguez is suspended through 2014 as Major League Baseball disciplines 13 players in a drug case.

2017: The U.N. Security Council unanimously approves tough new sanctions against North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs.


1993: Sixteen percent of AIDS cases in the Mahoning Valley are women, twice the statewide average, and local public health officials attribute it in part to unprotected sex.

Browning Ferris Industries tells the Ohio governor’s office that it will not dump long-haul garbage in its Ohio landfills without the agreement of communities with which it has contracts, such as Poland Township.

The House Public Works and Transportation Committee authorizes the General Services Administration to build a second federal courthouse in downtown Youngstown.

1978: To increase public consciousness about cystic fibrosis, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will sell helium-filled balloons at the Canfield Fair with post cards attached to them. The person who returns a card from the farthest distance will receive a moped bike.

The Youngstown Board of Education gives Superintendent Emanuel Catsoules permission to implement the U.S. District Court’s faculty desegregation plan.

The winners in the 22nd annual Youngstown Parks and Recreation Tennis Tournament: Lisa Napoli and Chris Economus, 7-9 year-old division; Jennifer Murphy and Jerry Velasquez, 10-12; Jill Sinclair and Vince Morgione, 13-15, and Barb Niski and Greg Finnerty, 16-18.

1968: Mill Creek Golf Course marks its 40th anniversary.

Coroner’s investigators and police are trying to identify a badly decomposed body of a woman about 30 that was found in a vacant house on Meadow Street.

Heavy fog that rolled in about 2 a.m. hampered early morning motorists and closed Youngstown Municipal Airport. Humidity was 97 percent.

1943: The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. set a steel production record in July when 360,143 tons of steel ingots were produced.

Pvt. William F. Higgins of Youngstown dies of injuries from a dynamite explosion at North Camp Hood, Texas. He had been in the Army two weeks.

Ralph Edwards, producer of the radio show “Truth or Consequences,” is on vacation in Youngstown with his wife, Christine. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Sheldon of Volney Road.

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