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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2019. There are 150 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1972: The U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that takes him to the present-day Americas.

1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr goes on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Va., charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.)

1936: Jesse Owens of the United States wins the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he takes the 100-meter sprint.

1958: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

1966: Comedian Lenny Bruce, whose raunchy brand of satire and dark humor landed him in trouble with the law, is found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 40.

1981: U.S. air traffic controllers go on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.

1993: The Senate votes 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2005: Fourteen Marines from a Reserve unit in Ohio are killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

2018: China says it is ready to impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports if Washington proceeds with its threat to impose duties on $200 billion in Chinese goods.


1994: The Packard Electric Division of General Motors, which announced that it will build a wiring harness plant near Gadsden, Ala., also has plans for a second Alabama plant near Tuscaloosa.

A Japanese film crew is in Niles filming a report on the apparent accidental wounding of LPGA golfer Kim Williams at the Great East Plaza in July.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge William G. Houser, 65, administrative judge of Mahoning County Common Pleas Courts for nine years, dies of a heart attack.

1979: Ohioans are “generally disgusted” with the federal government’s handling of the energy crisis, says U.S. Sen. John Glenn. He says the Secretary of Energy should be elevated to a true energy czar.

Robert D. Parks of Youngstown is found guilty in the contract murders of Patricia DiBlasio and Mary Muffley in December 1977 outside the Girard office of Dr. Leo DiBlasio and is sentenced to two life sentences.

Thurman Munson, captain of the New York Yankees during their last three pennant-winning seasons, is killed in a fiery plane crash at the Akron-Canton airport while practicing landings near his home.

1969: Frank Farone, owner and operator of Farone’s Drug Store in downtown New Castle, Pa., who had been selling about 800 packs of cigarettes a week, has removed them from his store, saying it’s his job to improve the health of people.

Thomas V. Petzinger, managing partner of March-Petzinger Travel Service, will be general chairman of the 1969 YMCA membership drive.

Frank Hannis, Truesdale Avenue, a Youngstown fireman who served 37 years on the department at No. 2 Station on the East Side, retires.

1944: Capt. Paul Brown returns home to Youngstown and gives some details of his escape from the Germans, although the whole story can’t be told until after the war.

Pvt. James C. Toth, 22, Youngstown infantryman, is reported killed in action June 14 in France.

The cost of Youngstown municipal government has been greater than income in nine of the last 15 years. Debt has piled up because the mayor and council have refused to trim services to match revenue.