Today is Thursday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2018. There are 123 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1862: Confederate forces win victories against the Union at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va., and the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky.
1967: The Senate confirms the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1983: Guion S. Bluford Jr. becomes the first black American astronaut to travel in space as he blasts off aboard the Challenger.
1989: A federal jury in New York finds “hotel queen” Leona Helmsley guilty of income-tax evasion, but acquits her of extortion.
1991: Azerbaijan declares its independence, joining the stampede of republics seeking to secede from the Soviet Union.
1997: Americans receive word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul.
2005: A day after Hurricane Katrina hit, floods are covering 80 percent of New Orleans, looting continues to spread and rescuers in helicopters and boats pick up hundreds of stranded people.
2017: The former Hurricane Harvey completes a U-turn in the Gulf of Mexico and rolls ashore for the second time in six days, hitting southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm with heavy rains and winds of 45 miles an hour.
1993: Guion Osborn, 90, retired district commercial manager for Ohio Bell Telephone Co. and former consultant on communications with Society National Bank, discusses changes in the telecommunications industry during the past 50 years.
Reacting to the closing of Sharon Steel Corp., which cost 2,600 people their jobs, Sharon General Hospital announces staff reorganizations, which will include the elimination of 12 positions.
Mahoning County Sheriff Edward Nemeth says he plans to activate an emergency release program once the city jail closes, which will mean some minor-crime inmates will be freed.
1978: Youngstown Mayor J. Phillip Richley submits to the federal government a proposal for a national steel research and development center that was developed by Youngstown State University for the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Agency.
Traffic Division Sgt. James Duvall says a 1967 Ford LTV flipped over on I-680 near Glenwood Avenue after a chain that was holding the wheels in alignment broke. The car was a “rolling death trap” and an argument for mandatory safety inspections, Duvall said.
Nearly 11,000 autoworkers at General Motors Corp.’s Lordstown complex will receive an 18-cent-an-hour cost-of-living increase, the largest quarterly increase in the 30 years that wages have been adjusted to compensate for inflation.
1968: Youngstown school administrators expect more than 28,000 students to report for classes despite threats by Youngstown Education Association teachers to stay away from classrooms.
The 122nd Canfield Fair welcomes 77,847 people on opening day, 24,166 more than a year earlier, setting an attendance record. Youths under 18 took advantage of free admission
Fred Graft and Sue Wallace, both of Canfield, are crowned 4-H Club king and queen.
1943: Officers and men of the Sharon Steel Corp. are commended by the War Production Board for signal service by establishing a new production record.
More than 300 boys and girls who responded to a call from the U.S. Employment Service are sent to pick lima beans in the southern part of Mahoning County.
Advertisement: McKelvey’s rock wool insulation, available in 24-foot rolls in the housewares section on the street floor, will help save fuel needed for the war.