Today is Sunday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2019. There are 142 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1919: Germany’s Weimar Constitution is signed by President Friedrich Ebert.
1949: President Harry S. Truman nominates Gen. Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1956: Abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, dies in an automobile accident in New York.
1964: The Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night” has its U.S. premiere in New York.
1965: Rioting and looting that would claim 34 lives breaks out in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
1991: Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release two Western captives: Edward Tracy, an American held nearly five years, and Jerome Leyraud, a Frenchman who’d been abducted by a rival group three days earlier.
1992: The Mall of America, the nation’s largest shopping-entertainment center, opens in Bloomington, Minn.
1993: President Bill Clinton names Army Gen. John Shalikashvili to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding the retiring Gen. Colin Powell.
1997: President Bill Clinton makes the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court later struck down the veto as unconstitutional.)
2012: Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announces his choice of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate.
2009: A Myanmar court finds democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of violating her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to visit her home, and ordered to serve an 18-month sentence under house arrest.
Jeers and taunts drowned out Democratic lawmakers calling for a health care overhaul at town halls.
2014: Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, 63, dies in Tiburon, Calif., a suicide.
2017: A federal judge orders Charlottesville, Va., to allow a weekend rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place at its originally planned location downtown. (Violence erupted at the rally, and a woman was killed when a man plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters.)
1994: Mahoning Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum issues an order barring the city of Canfield from forcing the War Vet Museum to remove an anti-aircraft gun from Main Street.
Manhattan Theater Proprietorship Inc. has crews working on restoration of the former Paramount Theater in downtown Youngstown. The company plans to reopen the 76-year-old building as Liberty-Mills Theater.
Common Pleas Judge Peter C. Economus fines Atty. Don L. Hanni Jr. $750 on a charge of contempt after Hanni failed twice to appear with his client for a hearing.
1979: Establishing diplomatic relations with the U.S. is “a deep desire” of the Vietnamese government – and a condition to discussing American servicemen missing in action – says Mahoning Valley Congressman Lyle Williams, R-19th, after returning from a congressional trip to Southeast Asia.
Pascal Obinna Nnochiri, acting ambassador to the U.S. from Nigeria, and Louis Farrakhan, former national spokesman for the World Community of Islam in the West, are keynote speakers for the ninth annual Black Cultural Weekend at the Buckeye Elks Auditorium. Ron Daniels introduced Farrakhan.
Neal R. Mathias, a Pittsburgh native, is the new youth director at Tabernacle United Presbyterian Church in Austintown.
1969: Eighteen-month-old Jamie Calabria of Niles for whom area residents raised $19,000 for a liver transplant dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital before a donor could be found.
The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce says the city should contract for collection of garbage and rubbish with a private contractor and should close the city’s incinerator and go to landfill disposal.
Winners in the seventh annual Youngstown Park and Recreation Junior Golf Tournament: Dan Miklos, Dan Hahn, Rick Bohne and Bob Thomas.
1944: Downtown Youngs-town thermometers hit 92 degrees at noon, marking the 41st day of the summer that temperatures have been 90 degrees or above – a record for consistently high temperatures.
City council gives second reading to an ordinance that would repeal Youngstown’s 50-cent per month garbage fee.
A veterans service committee is being formed in Niles to aid servicemen on their return to the city.
Playing at the State Theater: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Trigger, the smartest horse in the movies, in “Yellow Rose of Texas.”