Today is Thursday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2018. There are 144 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1854: Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden,” which described Thoreau’s experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, is first published.

1902: Edward VII is crowned king of Britain after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

1945: Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar drops a nuclear device (“Fat Man”) over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.

1969: Actress Sharon Tate and four other people are found brutally slain at Tate’s Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers are later convicted of the crime.

1974: Vice President Gerald R. Ford becomes the nation’s 38th chief executive as President Richard Nixon’s resignation takes effect.

1982: A federal judge in Washington orders John W. Hinckley Jr., who’d been acquitted of shooting President Ronald Reagan and three others by reason of insanity, committed to a mental hospital.

1995: Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead, dies in Forest Knolls, Calif., of a heart attack at age 53.

2014: Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed 18-year-old black man, is shot to death by a police officer after an altercation in Ferguson, Mo.; Brown’s death leads to sometimes-violent protests in Ferguson and other U.S. cities.


1993: A 95-year-old Second Street woman shot at a man who broke into her Warren home, then held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him.

Rick Slee, Ohio School Boards Association deputy director of legal services, says Ohio’s new open-enrollment law could spark more white suburban flight and cause financial problems for black inner-city schools.

Youngstown police have an unwritten policy of allowing people to go through red lights carefully if they feel threatened at night, but some officers and municipal court judges say some suburban motorists are taking advantage of the situation.

1978: Governmental and Youngstown State University officials break ground on the new Sports and Physical Education Complex and Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium.

Architect Nelson A. Harris outlines to the Youngstown Planning Commission a proposal to build 50 homes on 14 acres off Mariner Avenue near McKelvey Lake.

Sharon Steel Corp. reports record sales of $123 million and record earnings of $11.7 million for the second quarter of the year.

1968: The Youngstown Police Department and Human Relations Commission announce “Recruitment Sunday” at city churches to urge blacks and Puerto Ricans to apply for police examinations.

If federal funds are approved, the McGuffey Heights area can become a model area for other Youngstown neighborhoods, City Planning Director Anthony Ma tells members of the McGuffey Social Action Coordinating Committee.

The state is ready to pour $1 million into West Branch Reservoir and State Park when it takes over the huge facility from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

1943: St. Edward’s Church buys the old Yale School on Redondo Road for use as a junior high school.

Pottery production resumes in East Liverpool after a five-day “outlaw” strike by pottery workers.

Pvt. James Sheero of Niles, wounded in action in the Southwest Pacific, is being returned to the United States for treatment.

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