Today is Thursday, July 26, the 207th day of 2018. There are 158 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1775: The Continental Congress establishes a Post Office and appoints Benjamin Franklin its postmaster-general.

1847: The western African country of Liberia, founded by freed American slaves, declares its independence.

1945: The Potsdam Declaration warns Imperial Japan to unconditionally surrender, or face “prompt and utter destruction.”

1947: President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act, which creates the Central Intelligence Agency.

1990: President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2002: The Republican-led House votes, 295-132, to create an enormous Homeland Security Department in the biggest government reorganization in decades.

2013: Ariel Castro, the man who’d imprisoned three women in his Cleveland home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleads guilty to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. (Castro later committed suicide in prison.)

2016: Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

2017: President Donald Trump announces he will not “accept or allow” transgender people to serve in the U.S. military.


1993: Bernadette Angle, chairwoman of the special education department of Youngstown State University, fears that the move toward incorporating special-education students into regular classrooms, could result in students who need special-education services not receiving them.

Thirty-one Democratic Party chairmen have endorsed Joel Hyatt for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio, but Chairmen Don Hanni Jr. of Mahoning County, Fred Alberini of Trumbull County and Dennis Johnson of Columbiana County are waiting to see if U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. decides to run.

1978: A federal investigation into allegations of employee embezzlement, influence peddling and fraud within the Northeastern Ohio Employment and Training Consortium comes to light with the issuance of federal subpoenas for four Mahoning and Trumbull county consortium executives.

Members of Cement Finishers Local 179 and Laborers Local 125 donate their labor to finish the cement pad for the New Hope Baptist Church being built at Albert and Arch streets in Youngstown. Pastor Joseph Bankston worked in both unions before becoming a minister.

The 94-member Warren Junior Military Band marched down Main Street USA at Disneyland during a 17-day tour of the Western states.

1968: Consolidation of North Lima and Greenford schools in Mahoning County has been blocked by referendum petitions asking if voters in the district want a merger.

Youngstown State University’s graduate school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Rooms on the seventh and eighth floors of the Hotel Ohio have been taken over by the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority and will be rented to senior citizens at $30.85 a month; $40.85 for those that have a kitchen.

1943: Gen. Pietro Badoglio, Italy’s successor to Benito Mussolini, visited Youngstown on Aug. 6, 1921, and was greeted by thousands.

A man known as Curly is alleged to have stolen a horse and wagon in the Jacobs Road section and taken them to Pennsylvania. Mike Suchar, owner, told police the man took the wagon at the point of a pitchfork.

Pitcher Paul Birkholtz homers in the 10th inning to give the Hell Divers a 3-2 decision over the Aircobras in the General Fireproofing Softball League game.

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