Today is Tuesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2018. There are 153 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: During the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, is made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

1919:Germany’s Weimar Constitution is adopted by the republic’s National Assembly.

1948: President Harry S. Truman helps dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport).

1964: The American space probe Ranger 7 reaches the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.

1970: “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” ends after nearly 14 years as co-anchor Chet Huntley signs off for the last time; the broadcast is renamed “NBC Nightly News.”

1972: Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdraws from the ticket with George McGovern after disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.

1991: President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.

2002: A bomb explodes inside a cafeteria at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, killing nine people, including five Americans.

2017: Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is sworn in as White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. Hours later, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is let go, just 11 days after he was appointed to the job.


1993: Warren City Council is attempting to have the liquor licenses of seven businesses in the city revoked, but the owners, all Palestinians, say council’s action is racially motivated.

The Youngstown Board of Education would no longer pay the salary of the full-time president of the teachers union under a contract proposal submitted by the board. Youngstown Education Association President John Senzarin’s $51,680 salary is paid by the board under the current contract.

The Rev. Dr. George L. Lee is appointed pastor of Canfield United Methodist Church, replacing Dr. William F. Ross, who has relocated to Akron.

1978: A drag-racing incident on Market Street leads to a police chase that ends in a two-car crash. Youngstown Patrolmen H. Michael Campbell, 28, and Michael Bishop, 26, are treated for injuries at South Side Hospital.

A new $160,000 Liberty Township fire station is under construction near Tibbetts Wick Road and Belmont Avenue.

Chris Hamady, a Vindicator carrier in Poland, makes his deliveries along Lee Run Road on a skateboard.

1968: Ohio Bureau of Employment Services’ Youngstown vocational planning center found 499 full-time and part-time jobs for youths under 22 during July. In July 1967, the center placed 195 youths.

William C.H. Ramage resigns as president of Valley Mould Division of Vare Corp. and will be replaced by Lawrence G. Blackmon, general manager of National Castings in Cleveland.

Burglars lower themselves by rope into the Boardman Plaza store of Strouss-Hirshberg Co. and steal more than $5,000 in furs.

Eight Mahoning County Jail inmates are permitted to give blood to a former fellow prisoner undergoing open-heart surgery.

1943: Flight Officer James H. McClure of Struthers is reported among the dead from a collision of two B-25 bombers over Havana, Cuba. The planes were on anti-submarine patrol in the Caribbean.

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