Today is Saturday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2019. There are 143 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1861: Confederate forces rout Union troops in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri, the first major engagement of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River.

1921: Franklin D. Roosevelt is stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello.

1945: A day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Imperial Japan conveys its willingness to surrender provided the status of Emperor Hirohito remains unchanged.

1988: President Ronald Reagan signs a measure providing $20,000 payments to still-living Japanese-Americans who were interned by the government during World War II.

1993: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1995: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are charged with 11 counts in the Oklahoma City bombing (McVeigh was convicted of murder and executed; Nichols was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison).

2006: British authorities announce they have thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up 10 aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage.

2008: At the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps begins his long march toward eight gold medals by winning the 400-meter individual medal.


1994: An obsolete Austintown firetruck and 35,000 pounds of humanitarian aid, including six pallets of medical supplies, are loaded on a C-5 transport plane at the Youngstown Air Reserve base and will be flown to Guatemala and Mexico by the 68th Airlift Squadron out of Texas. Mission of Love, a charitable foundation operated by Kathy Price of Austintown, collected the relief supplies.

Warren General Hospital and St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren are considering consolidation to cut costs and offer more services.

Phar-Mor Inc., operating under federal bankruptcy protection, will close 25 stores in five states, leaving the discount chain at half the size it was two years earlier.

1979: William Badjen, 30, is electrocuted while using a 110-volt electric weed trimmer in front of his home at 7362 Salinas Trail, Boardman. Efforts by neighbors, including a nurse, to revive him were to no avail.

John Masi, a former captain in the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department, pleads guilty in federal court in Cleveland to a charge of extortion by a public official growing out of the FBI’s investigation of corruption in the administration of former Sheriff Ray T. Davis.

The Packard Electric Division of General Motors breaks ground in the Western Reserve Industrial Complex in Austintown for a new harness-manufacturing plant that will employ 500 to 600 people.

1969: The 23 members of the St. Elizabeth Hospital advisory board have topped their quota of $250,000 toward the hospital’s $1.75 million building expansion drive.

Debbie Koeller of South High, Alan Fine of Liberty High and Dick Humphrey of Poland Seminary High are leaving for Argentina, France and Mexico, respectively, where they will study for a year under the Rotary Exchange Program.

Vaccination against German measles is expected to be required for all children entering Ohio schools in September. Dr. Emmet Arnold, Ohio Health Department director, will announce when enough vaccine is available.

1944: The body of Ferdinand Carson, who died in Florida at 101, will be brought to Youngstown for burial. He was the last Civil War veteran of Mahoning County.

A display of locally produced weaponry, including a federal tank that was built in Warren, is a big attraction at the Trumbull County Fair.

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