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Monday, August 5, 2019

Today is Monday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2019. There are 148 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1864: During the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut leads his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the National Labor Board, which later would be replaced with the National Labor Relations Board.

1936: Jesse Owens of the United States wins the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals.

1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, is found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death is ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.”

1974: The White House releases transcripts of subpoenaed tape recordings showing that President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, had discussed a plan in June 1972 to use the CIA to thwart the FBI’s Watergate investigation; revelation of the tape sparks Nixon’s resignation.

1981: The federal government begins firing air-traffic controllers who had gone on strike.

2014: U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene is shot to death near Kabul in one of the bloodiest insider attacks in the long Afghanistan war; the gunman, dressed as an Afghan soldier, turns on allied troops, wounding about 15, including a German general and two Afghan generals.


1994: Salem Tube Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but still plans to resume production at the Greenville, Pa., Reynolds Industrial Park.

Westminster College will spend $2.5 million to upgrade the phone network, computer lab and provide access to nationwide computer networks.

Interstate 680 near the Salt Springs Road exit is closed after a tractor trailer overturns, strewing its load of garbage over the road.

1979: ICX Corp. says it will build a Russian-designed jet airplane in western New York rather than at Youngstown Municipal Airport. The reason for the sudden change remains a mystery.

Congressman Lyle Williams, R-19th, visits Hong Kong’s Kai Tak refugee camp with other members of Congress on a fact-finding tour of refugee camps in Southeast Asia. “This place is in worse shape than Columbus,” Williams joked at one point of the tour.

Among Youngstown area students attending the 36th annual National Junior Achievers Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., are Pam Tolliver, Nick Veltri, Bonny Perry, Laura Vulich and Paul Celidonio.

1969: Rescue workers labor more than an hour to free occupants of a car that swerved out of control, shearing a pole and bringing down a hot wire in the 600 block of Early Road. Dru Armour and Vincent McCarley have multiple body cuts.

Mrs. Irma Beede, 66, of Lisbon, wife of Youngstown State University football coach Dike Beede, dies after a long illness. She was known as the Betsy Ross of football, having sewn the first penalty flags used by football referees.

Dick Shawn, Mercedes McCambridge and Linda Bennett star in “The Showoff” at The Kenley Players at Packard Music Hall in Warren. Choice seats cost $1.75 and $3.25.

1944: All state liquor stores will be closed immediately upon receipt of the official announcement that the war with the Nazis is at an end, says Don A. Fisher, state liquor director.

Low bids for construction of a city incinerator in Youngstown total $137,209.

Canfield Fair directors are planning for crowds that are expected to exceed the record of 60,000 set in 1943.