Today is Monday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2018. There are 147 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1914: Austria-Hungary declares war against Russia, and Serbia declares war against Germany.
1926: Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 141/2 hours.
1961: Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov becomes the second man to orbit Earth as he flies aboard Vostok 2; his call sign, “Eagle,” prompts his famous declaration: “I am Eagle!”
1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
1986: William J. Schroeder dies at Humana Hospital-Audubon in Louisville, Ky., after living 620 days with the Jarvik 7 artificial heart.
2003: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger uses an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to announce his successful bid to replace California Gov. Gray Davis.
1993: A Trumbull County jury finds a 66-year-old Newcomerstown man guilty of two counts of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy who was confined to a wheelchair. Judge W. Wyatt McKay sentences the man to two-consecutive life terms in prison.
U.S. Rep James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland introduces a resolution in the House calling on the Justice Department to allow retired Cleveland autoworker John Demjanjuk to return to the United States. The Israeli Supreme Court overturned Demjanjuk’s conviction of war crimes.
Chris Peplow is sworn in as interim mayor of Craig Beach, and one of the first things she does is reinstates Police Chief Chris Buday and Patrolman David Bresko, who were fired by former Mayor Julius Yuhasz the day he resigned.
1978: The Ohio Works of U.S. Steel Corp. is one of four or five sites owned by the company that could be expanded in the event that the integrated $8 billion mill proposed for Conneaut is not approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The S.S. Kresge Co. is considering Trumbull County as a site for a major distribution center for its Kmart discount department store chain.
This is the 50th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the first airplane built in Youngstown by Ohio Aero Manufacturing Co., a dream of Judd Yoho, a partner in Yoho and Hooker Lumber Co. The flight took place at Lansdowne Airport on Aug. 6, 1928.
1968: Mahoning County commissioners are studying an offer by the G.M. McKelvey Co. to lease some 16,000 square feet of office space in the ground floor of the Parkade to the Mahoning County Welfare Department.
A 6-year-old Tod Lane girl, Mary Jo Kather, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital’s emergency room after being struck by a car at Tod Lane and Ohio Avenue while en route to her grandmother’s house.
A mandamus suit brought by Ada Thomases, Arms Drive, against the Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission for its refusal to permit an anti-Vietnam War rally in Wick Park is dismissed. Crandall Park will be used instead.
1943: Steel operations in the Youngstown district will remain at 98 percent of capacity with 77 of 83 open hearths and 24 of 26 blast furnaces in operation .
Six hundred Youngstown men and women give blood at First Presbyterian Church to help save the lives of American soldiers.
Army medical authorities at the Shenango Personnel Replacement Depot disclose a sharp increase in venereal disease, which they say has been traced to Youngstown taverns and so-called private clubs.