Today is Monday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2018. There are 133 days left in the year.

Today is Monday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2018. There are 133 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1866: President Andrew Johnson formally declares the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.

1940: During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pays tribute to the Royal Air Force before the House of Commons, saying, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

1953: The Soviet Union publicly acknowledges it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.

1986: Postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill goes on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting 14 fellow workers to death before killing himself.

2000: Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship in a playoff over Bob May, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year.

2008: U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, dies in Cleveland at age 58.

2017: Actor, comic and longtime telethon host Jerry Lewis dies of heart disease in Las Vegas at 91.


1993: Mahoning County Sheriff Edward Nemeth says the closing of the Youngstown City Jail and shifting of prisoners to the county lockup means more criminals out on the street.

Trumbull County Family Court Judge Thomas Norton grants a motion for a gag order by defense attorney David Betras that will prohibit further release of information in the case of a 7-year-old Liberty boy charged with a felony sex crime.

The discovery of thick black muck in the bed of Lake Newport puts on hold Mill Creek Park’s plan to dredge the lake.

1978: Josephine Kyle’s historic Loghurst home at 3967 Boardman-Canfield Road has been given to the Western Reserve Historical Society for use as a museum. The family farm was established in 1803 when Indian trails traversed the wilds that is now Canfield.

Nathaniel Lee Jr., formerly of Youngstown, is one of the first black performers to have a substantial role in an operetta performed by the prestigious Houston, Texas, Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The 1949 East High graduate retired as a major from the Air Force where he directed various choral groups and bands.

Bishop James W. Malone of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese says the World Synod of Bishops rather than the College of Cardinals is better suited to elect the new head of the Roman Catholic Church. The cardinals will select a successor to Pope Paul VI, and Bishop Malone says the new pope must be a centrist.

1968: Youngstown taxpayers will be asked in November for the sixth time to approve a new school operating levy. Woodrow Zinser, superintendent, asks for a resolution of necessity for a 12-mill levy to be approved by Board of Education.

Michael Gracan, 19, of Youngstown, who purchased a motorcycle nine days earlier, dies instantly when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Oak Street at Truesdale Avenue.

The East Palestine Jaycees and Jaycee Wives notify the city Recreation Board they will be able to assist in chaperoning at The Shantee, a recreation center for teenagers.

1943: Raver’s Tavern in Youngstown is closing for 10 days because it has run out of food coupons.

Four alleged key men in the Youngstown lottery racket are arrested as material witnesses in connection with Attorney General Thomas J. Herbert’s investigation of vice and crime in the Mahoning Valley.

Violet Pautot of Youngstown will be featured in the world premiere of the 1944 Ice Capades. She’s the only Youngstowner ever selected for the ice-ballet troupe.

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