Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2018. There are 145 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.
1911: President William Howard Taft signs a measure raising the number of U.S. representatives from 391 to 433, effective with the next Congress, with a proviso to add two more when New Mexico and Arizona became states.
1945: President Harry S. Truman signs the U.S. instrument of ratification for the United Nations Charter.
1953: The United States and South Korea initial a mutual security pact.
1968: The Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.
1974: President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announces he will resign the following day.
2000: The wreckage of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which sank in 1864 after attacking the Union ship Housatonic, is recovered off the South Carolina coast and returned to port.
2009: Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Hispanic and third female justice.
2017: President Donald Trump says continued North Korean threats aimed at the United States will cause the U.S. to respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
1993: The Youngstown-Warren area has some of the highest hospital charges in the state, according to “A Consumer’s Guide to Health Care.”
Dr. Charles Seung, a Hubbard veterinarian, launches the Mahoning-Shenango Blood Bank, which he hopes will evolve into a blood donation and distribution center for veterinarian clinics in the region.
The Cherry Valley coke ovens, a complex of 200 beehive ovens that were used to bake coke near Leetonia, is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
1978: David Hamilton and Frank Shirley, winners of the 21st Warren Soap Box Derby, fly to Akron for the national race in a plane provided by Lyden Oil Co.
Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard W. Lyon dies of a heart attack in University Hospital, Cleveland. He was 53.
The Mahoning County Democratic Party Central Committee adopts a new constitution that prohibits Democratic public office holders from serving as party chairman. The change means the party chairman cannot serve on the county Board of Elections or hold any other office.
1968: The Mahoning County Fair Board names John Holowach a new board member to succeed Lloyd C. Brunner of Salem, who resigned.
Four lawyers file petitions of candidacy for the Mahoning County court judgeship held by Edgar Diehm. They are Charles Bannon, George Economos, Jack Lipari and Eugene Smith.
A Saturday midway and grandstand crowd estimated at 48,000 people, the largest daily crowd to attend Trumbull County’s 150th annual fair, brings the attendance to some 216,000 so far for this year’s fair.
1943: The Vindicator’s Rotogravure shows lumber being harvested from central Trumbull County land that will be under water when the Mosquito Creek dam is built.
The Silver Star and Purple Heart are awarded to Capt. Paul W. Brown, who is a prisoner in Italy. The medals are accepted by his wife, Lt. Helen Page Brown, an Army Corps nurse stationed in London.
New Army bayonets, 10 inches longer than the old, are being made in Youngstown using a stamping process that saves time and money.