Today is Wednesday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2015. There are 127 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1789: France’s National Assembly adopts its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
1883: The island volcano Krakatoa begins cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day.
1920: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, is certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.
1939: The first televised major-league baseball games are shown on experimental station W2XBS: a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. (The Reds won the first game, 5-2, the Dodgers the second, 6-1.)
1944: French Gen. Charles de Gaulle braves the threat of German snipers as he leads a victory march in Paris, which had just been liberated by the Allies from Nazi occupation.
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.
1968: The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago.
1972: The summer Olympic games open in Munich, West Germany.
1978: Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice is elected pope after the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff takes the name Pope John Paul I. (He died just over a month later.)
1985: Ryan White, a 13-year-old AIDS patient, begins “attending” classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Ind., via a telephone hook-up at his home after officials bar him from participating in person.
1996: Democrats open their 42nd national convention in Chicago.
2010: Utility crews in South Florida scramble to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina, which continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.
2014:In a speech to the American Legion’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C., President Barack Obama defends his administration’s response to Veterans Affairs lapses that have delayed health care for thousands of former service members but concedes more needs to be done to regain their trust.
1990: Most secondary schools surveyed in the Youngstown area have policies forbidding students to wear shorts, sweats and miniskirts.
Donald Smith of Greene Township in Trumbull County, a security guard at the Southington estate of boxer Mike Tyson, says he was fired by Tyson’s handlers after he got Tyson a rifle, a shotgun and at least one other gun at the boxer’s request.
Evelyn Mohr and Thomas S. Burkert are the only two students of 427 receiving degrees at Youngstown State University’s summer commencement to graduate with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.
1975: The body of Oscar Roseman, 15, is found behind a vacant house at 354 Plum St. He had been shot and stabbed to death in what Youngstown police believe was a gang fight.
The Nguyen Phi Hung family arrives in Warren from an Arkansas camp for Vietnam refugees. The family of eight is being sponsored by the Roger Hernon family.
Atty. Edward Czopur is appointed assistant city law director for consumer affairs. His annual salary of $9,999 will come from federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act funds.
1965: Mrs. Mildred Matthews, 66, of Kinsman receives a degree from Kent State University that she began earning as a freshman in 1917.
Nine area golfers, headed by Alex Antonio Jr., Steve Pipoly and Leo Zampedro, are entered in the National Amateur Sectional qualifier at the Aurora Country Club. The other six are Hugh Morgan, Dr. William Breesman, Dr. Art Cloran, Richard Wolff, Robert C. Lewis Jr. and Marion Heck.
A program for better community relations between races and creeds climaxes with 75 “human relations consultants” receiving certificates from Youngstown Mayor Anthony Flask. Mrs. Alice Lev and J. Ronald Pittman conducted the workshops.
1940: Six heavily armed youths, ranging from 16 to 20 years old, are captured by Youngstown police, breaking up a gang that police believe may have been responsible for a number of burglaries and robberies.
Mike Quarcinta, 22, is in St. Elizabeth Hospital with a stab wound suffered when he confronted a motorist who was incessantly tooting his horn at Quarcinta.
To comply with the wages and hours act, First National Bank of Kinsman will close at noon Saturdays, beginning Sept. 7.