Years Ago

Today is Monday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2013. 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.

1913: The newly completed Keokuk Dam in Iowa is dedicated.

1920: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, is certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

1936: The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty, calling for most British troops to leave Egypt, is signed in Montreux, Switzerland. (It was abrogated by Egypt in 1951.)

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

1961: The original Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto.


1988: Six Canfield firefighters are injured fighting a $400,000 blaze that destroyed an eight-plex apartment on Indian Run. Investigators suspect two boys, 8 and 10 years old, who had been seen in the area playing with matches.

Clyde Lee Conrad, a 1965 graduate of Sebring McKinley High School and retired Army sergeant, is arrested in West Germany as part of a spy ring accused of selling American military secrets to the Soviets.

1973: Virtually every producer of sheet and strip mill steel products in the Youngstown district — an industry that employs nearly 40,000 — notify President Nixon’s Cost of Living Council that they intend to increase prices by about 5 percent.

Stephen T. Parisi, an assistant state attorney general, says that in his opinion, Ohio’s new homicide law would allow prosecutors to charge someone who aided a suicide with murder.

Youngstown State University has five freshmen quarterbacks vying for playing time: Doug Huffman of Barberton, Wayne Smith of Avon Lake, Tony Tulisiak of Kiski Prep, Cliff Stoudt of Oberlin and Rick Tomlin of Niles.

1963: Confronted with the second consecutive year of serious drought, the Youngstown district is apparently being saved from serious industrial water shortages only by the low rate of steel making.

U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan, D-Youngstown, says he supports the drive for equality for Negroes, but won’t be attending a march in Washington, D.C., because he is “too busy to waste time for someone to tell me what is wrong with America.”

LuLu Porter, the former Mary Wolford of Youngstown, announces her engagement to her manager, Jerry Fonarow, in Warsaw, where the 23-year-old pop star is touring.

1938: Nearly 30,000 spectators cheer 5,000 marchers at the Pennsylvania Elks parade ending the Elks statewide convention held at New Castle, Pa.

Paul Piolita, 50, whose peanut wagon kept his family the last three years after his mill job was abolished is in critical condition in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from injuries received when a hit skip driver crashes into Piolita’s cart on Albert Street.

Mrs. Fred Ashman of Miltonia Avenue is severely burned about the arms and face by a gasoline explosion in her kitchen, but is saved from death by a neighbor, Myrtle Clark, who wrapped her in a rug, smothering the flames.

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