Today is Tuesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2018. There are 139 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1848: The Oregon Territory is created.

1900: International forces, including U.S. Marines, enter Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, aimed at purging China of foreign influence.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.

1917: China declares war on Germany and Austria during World War I.

1945: President Harry S. Truman announces that Imperial Japan has surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

1947: Pakistan beccomes independent of British rule.

1973: U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends.

1980: President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale are nominated for second terms at the Democratic national convention in New York.

1992: The White House announces that the Pentagon would begin emergency airlifts of food to Somalia to alleviate mass deaths by starvation.

1997: An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh is formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

2003: A huge blackout hits the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lose power.

2017: Under pressure from right and left, President Donald Trump condemns white supremacist groups by name, declaring them to be “repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans.”


1993: As part of a previously announced staff reduction equal to 250 full-time employees, St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown lays off 110 employees.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. is traveling to Israel where he will attempt to bring John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi war criminal, back to the United States.

Six 4-H lambs are among 10 sheep killed by a pack of vicious dogs in Lordstown. Jan Solomon, on whose Selkirk-Bush farm the sheep were killed, vows to shoot any dog she sees on her property.

1978: Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich survives a recall effort by 275 votes out of more than 120,000 cast.

Joni Davis, 17, will reign over Girard’s 24th annual homecoming. Sixteen girls competed for the crown.

Youngstown State University’s Jones Hall undergoes an extensive remodeling.

1968: New Castle, Pa., Fire Chief John Oberleitner and seven of his men are hospitalized for smoke inhalation after battling a six-hour fire at the Thrift Drug Store, 133 E. Washington St.

Marla Dammann, 17, a June graduate of Poland High School who was district chairman of the Danny Thomas Teen-Age March for ALSAC, is honored as Outstanding Teen-Ager of Ohio by the Outstanding Americans Foundation in Columbus.

A brick followed by a hand grenade ripped through the Pure Service Station on Shawbutte Street in Poland Township 10 minutes after closing, causing extensive damage.

1943: A tornado rips through Leavittsburg in Trumbull County, killing Jimmy McCullum, 3 months old, and injuring 22 others. Damage is estimated at 420,000.

Congressman Michael J. Kirwan leaves on a 30-day tour of every state west of the Ohio River to inspect each important government project in the region.

Bishop John Mark Gannon of the Erie Diocese will preside at the first field Mass to be held at Camp Shenango.

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