Today is Sunday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2018. There are 127 days left in the year.
On this date in:
55 B.C.: Roman forces under Julius Caesar invade Britain, with only limited success.
1883: The island volcano Krakatoa begins cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the next day.
1910: Thomas Edison demonstrates for reporters an improved version of his Kinetophone, a device for showing a movie with synchronized sound.
1920: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, is certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.
1944: French Gen. Charles de Gaulle braves the threat of German snipers as he leads a victory march in Paris, which had just been liberated by the Allies from Nazi occupation.
1957: The Soviet Union announces it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
1958: Alaskans go to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
1968: The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago; the four-day event results in the nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey for president and is marked by a bloody police crackdown on antiwar protesters in the streets.
1974: Charles Lindbergh – the first man to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic – dies at his home in Hawaii at age 72.
1978: Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice is elected pope after the death of Paul VI; the new pontiff takes the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he would die just over a month later.)
2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton closes the book on her 2008 presidential bid by telling the Democratic National Convention in Denver the election isn’t about her and declaring herself a “proud supporter of Barack Obama.”
2017: Hurricane Harvey spins into Texas, unloading extraordinary amounts of rain. (The hurricane killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.)
1993: The new $7.8 million South Avenue bridge reopens, seven years after the old bridge was closed because it was unsafe. The new span will be known as the Peace Officers Memorial Bridge.
Mahoning County Prosecutor James A Philomena ends his effort to haul Auditor George Tablack before a grand jury over the auditor’s withholding of a paycheck from one of Philomena’s employees.
The Trumbull County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities purchases a Mineral Ridge building, which will be Fairhaven’s third sheltered workshop, providing work opportunities for 120 mentally and physically disabled clients.
1978: Dr. Lionel Newsome, president of Central State University, tells Youngstown State University’s summer graduating class, “Your generation is the largest, best educated and most competitive of any single generation in our nation’s history.”
Officials at the Mahoning County Board of Elections couldn’t find the 1976 financial campaign reports of Sheriff Michael Yarosh when a Vindicator reporter sought to check on a campaign donation by a current deputy.
The Rev. Paul M. Graycar, a former teacher of philosophy and sacred Scripture at Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Pittsburgh, is named pastor of St. Mark Orthodox Church, Liberty.
1968: “Black power can build Negro economic power and improve the Negro’s self-esteem,” Dr. Fred L. Crockett, president of the Illinois Conference of NAACP branches, tells the annual membership awards banquet of the Youngstown NAACP at the Golden Steer Restaurant.
Roy Silvestri, owner of Roy’s Jewelry at 100 E. Federal St., says burglars took 300 wrist watches, 12 tabletop radios, cigarette lighters, cuff links and assorted jewelry valued at between $8,000 and $10,000.
Richard F. DeSantis, 11, a sixth-grade student at John Hetra Elementary in Farrell, Pa., is killed when his bicycle was struck by a car after the boy rode from the Simonik Pennzoil Station into the highway.
Eight men who abducted a teacher after escaping the Northumberland County Jail in Sunbury, Pa., are recaptured, including two who were arrested in Girard on June 29 after a gunbattle with Youngstown police.
1943: An investigation by Vindicator reporters shows all kinds of rationed and unrationed goods are available on a thriving Youngstown-area black market.
Adam Brobst, believed to be the oldest resident in Mahoning County and the oldest member of the Odd Fellows in Ohio, dies at the age of 100 at his home near Canfield.
A plague of small flies descended on Struthers, forcing some businesses to close shop. The infestation lasted about three hours.