Years Ago

Today is Friday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2011. There are 127 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1883: The island volcano Krakatoa begins cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following 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 the right to vote, is certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

1958: Alaskans go to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.

1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson is nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic national convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

1978: Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice is elected pope following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff takes the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he dies just over a month later.)

1986: In the “preppie murder case,” 18-year-old Jennifer Levin is found strangled in New York’s Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleads guilty to manslaughter and served 15 years in prison.


1986: City Council is being asked to approve an agreement that would make the city owner of the Strouss-Kaufmann building and a downtown parking garage.

St. Elizabeth Hospital continues its 75th anniversary with an announcement that September will be dedicated to the Youngstown community with hospital tours and benefactor dinners.

Seven Trumbull County library districts will split $2.7 million in state local government funds in 1987. The libraries had sought $3.7 million. Libraries get top priority in the distribution of local government funds under state law.

Trumbull County Commissioner Christopher S. Lardis is studying ways to promote the county as “horse country” and spur economic development.

The Youngstown Area United Way announces that 21 percent of its $2.6 million goal has been reached through its pacesetter promotion.

1971:Animal Charity League representatives and Mahoning County Dog Warden Daniel Pecchio remove dead and dying animals from the Tropic Hut on Market Street after Jean McClure Kelty, Lee Powell and Cecil McInnis respond to complaints of barking dogs, which are found to be without food or water.

Farrell Mayor Francis M. Petrillo imposes a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city and bans the sale of flammable liquids, alcoholic beverages and firearms in the aftermath of a second night of rioting and looting.

1961: In the biggest mobilization since the Korean War, the Defense Department orders 76,500 reservists and national guardsmen to active duty, including 210 men in the Youngstown district.

Five diesel engines and a number of coal cars in a 148-car train are derailed after hitting an open switch near East Palestine. Damage is estimated at $1 million.

1936: An increase of 10 percent in steel industry wages is imminent, which will put more money in the pockets of an estimated 50,000 workers in the Youngstown district.

Two Baltimore & Ohio Railroad policemen, a reporter, a messenger boy and two citizens are in the B&O station when President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s train speeds through the city, carrying the president to western drought areas.

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