Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2008. There are 128 days left in the year. On this date

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2008. There are 128 days left in the year. On this date in 1944, during World War II, Paris is liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

In 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim the English Channel, getting from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours. In 1916, the National Park Service is established within the Department of the Interior. In 1928, an expedition led by Richard E. Byrd sets sail from Hoboken, N.J., on its journey to Antarctica. In 1943, U.S. forces liberate New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from the Japanese during World War II. In 1958, President Eisenhower signs a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows. In 1958, the game show “Concentration” premieres on NBC-TV. In 1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 comes within 63,000 miles of Saturn and sends back pictures and data. In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov results in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, dies with her father in an airliner crash in Auburn, Maine.

August 25, 1983: Three men are injured when a gas well off Western Reserve Road in Canfield catches fire.

Edward Bush is named Trumbull County auditor by the Trumbull County Democratic Party committeemen, replacing Patrick J. Sullivan, who died.

AM-Care Inc. of Akron tops a field of seven bidders for the Mahoning County Nursing Home in Kirk Road, offering $3.1 million. Bids were as low as $1.5 million and AM-Care’s bid was the only one to exceed the home’s appraised value of $2.9 million.

August 25, 1968: At least 200 Youngstown district Democrats are on their way to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, traveling by train, airplane and car.

A 23-year-old Youngstown man is wounded while fleeing from a Niles police officer in the city’s business district after stealing a watch and diamond ring from the Doubet Jewelry store at 12 S. Main St.

Marjorie L. Starr, formerly a high school teacher in Boardman and Austintown, is named principal of the Betty Jane Oral School for the Deaf in Tiffin, Ohio.

August 25, 1958: A six-day rainless spell in Youngstown is broken by a 1.6 inch downpour, washing out the Women’s Youngstown District Golf Association Tournament and the Mill Creek Men’s Championship.

Louis Troiani, 77, of 232 Emerald St. narrowly escapes injury after an out of control car hits his front porch, feet from where he was sitting and careens into a neighbor’s home. The driver, Louise Yotsnukis, told police the gas pedal on her car jammed. No charges were filed.

Chief Justice Earl Warren says interminable and unjustifiable court delays are compromising the basic legal rights of thousands of Americans and corroding the very foundations of constitutional government.

August 25, 1933: Corrine Porter of Youngstown, recently crowned Miss Ohio, gets a whirlwind tour of Cleveland that included posing at the Cleveland Art Museum for photos that will appear in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She will return for a crowning ceremony at Yankee Lake.

Chicago criminal lawyer Clarence Darrow continues to make the rounds in Kinsman, visiting his boyhood home and reacquainting himself with boyhood chum DeWitt Root.