Today is Saturday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2018. There are 142 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1909: The steamship SS Arapahoe becomes the first ship in North America to issue an S.O.S. distress signal, off North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

1949: President Harry S. Truman nominates General Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1954: A formal peace takes hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Viet Minh.

1956: Abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, dies in an automobile accident on Long Island, N.Y.

1964: The Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night” has its U.S. premiere in New York.

1965: Rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives break out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

1992: The Mall of America, the nation’s largest shopping-entertainment center, opens in Bloomington, Minn .

2014: Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, 63, dies in Tiburon, Calif. His death is ruled a suicide.

2017: A federal judge orders Charlottesville, Va., to allow a weekend rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place at its originally planned location downtown.


1993: Al Alli, shop chairman of UAW Local 1112, which represents some 7,800 hourly employee at the Lordstown assembly plant, says he is confident that hourly employees of General Motors will be able to turn to some sort of job bank when the Lordstown workforce is reduced in 1994.

Despite the death of an elderly resident who fell down a basement stairway, the Imperial Skilled Care Center on Tod Avenue in Warren will not be fined because the Ohio Health Department said the nursing home corrected safety problems after the incident.

A camera crew from PBS’ “Frontline” program is in Youngstown for an upcoming story on the Phar-Mor Inc. scandal.

1978: Struthers police capture three men – all with long police records – during a robbery at the Struthers Pharmacy. One of the men holed up in a crawl space beneath the store until forced out by tear gas. Another was shot in the thigh by Capt. Donald Sicafuse.

Copperweld Steel Corp. announces a $24 million expansion of its Warren plant, increasing production of the steel maker by 10 to 15 percent.

Ground is broken for a $3 million addition to Tod Babies’ and Children’s Hospital that will house a child and adolescent psychiatric-care unit and family-practice training facilities.

1968: St. Rose School in Girard will open Sept. 3 with a new principal, Sister M. Gertrude, formerly of the Ursuline High School faculty.

Mildred Phipps, Center Street, ran into a burning home, picked up her 3-year-old son, dropped him out a second-story window into the arms of her neighbor, Lawrence Price, 14, and jumped to safety.

After a separation of nearly 50 years, Carmine Bruno of Mansell Drive, and his brother, Romeo, of Montaguto, Italy, are catching up on events during a visit to Youngstown by Romeo.

1943: Ralph W. O’Neill is nominated by Democrats for Youngstown Mayor and Arthur H. Williams is nominated by Republicans.

Union National Bank of Youngstown will begin liquidating assets of First National Bank, assuring investors of the old institution that they will get back part of their investment.

A man and a woman are arrested and 21 cases of untaxed whiskey are confiscated when Mahoning Sheriff Ralph E. Elser raids a residence on Mathews Road in bone-dry Boardman Township.

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