Today is Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2019. There are 141 days left in the year.

Today is Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2019. There are 141 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1909: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opens.

1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominates Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1939: The MGM movie musical “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland, has its world premiere at the Strand Theater in Oconomowoc, Wis., three days before opening in Hollywood.

1944: During World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, is killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England.

1981: IBM introduces its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York.

1985: The world’s worst single-aircraft disaster occurs as a crippled Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people. (Four people survived.)

1992: After 14 months of negotiations, the United States, Mexico and Canada announce in Washington that they had concluded the North American Free Trade Agreement. Avant-garde composer John Cage dies in New York at age 79.

2017: A car plows into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and hurting more than a dozen others.


1994: President Bill Clinton’s anti-crime bill stalls in the House. Says U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown, “the money for preventative programs, coupled with the increase in money for prisons, more police in our cities and three-strikes-you’re-out, makes this bill the best we have got, but Republicans want to spend their time fighting Democrats instead of crime.”

Sixteen children from Chernobyl who stayed in the Salem area for six weeks return to the Soviet Union.

The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., in partnership with a Mississippi casino company, is negotiating to purchase land in downtown Pittsburgh on which it hopes to base a casino.

1979: Ethel Yavorsky of Poland is the first woman elected to head the National China-Burma-India Veterans Association at the 32nd annual reunion in Scottsdale, Ariz. She served as an Army nurse in India from March 1941 to October 1944.

Teledyne National, which operates the city of Akron’s steam-producing facility, is studying the possible purchase of Ohio Edison Co.’s steam plant in Youngstown.

Among the champions in the Youngstown Parks and Recreation tennis tournament are Terrie Malarich, Geoff Bibo, Joe Fields, Brigid Kerrigan, Cheryl Dickey, Jill Sinclair and Steve Welcher.

1969: Almost 200 Youngstown residents assemble at the veterans memorial at South Side Park for the raising of a flag marking the city’s tribute to the moon astronauts. Mayor Anthony Flask said the accomplishment should bring a renewed faith in free institutions.

Five tons of nickel plating material worth $20,000 is stolen from Industrial Plating Co., Lake Park, and Boardman over the weekend. The burglars gained entrance through a broken window.

Wilbur L. Love Sr., 53, operator of Riverside Auto Body Shop, is killed when an oil drum he was working on with an acetylene torch exploded.

1944: William Schall, 21, of Alliance, and Donald Jackson, 17, of Sebring, are killed when their car is struck by a passenger train at the West State Street crossing in Salem.

Three Youngstown men are reported killed in action: Pvt. Armand Elusanio, 22, in Italy; Pvt. Gregory Pallone, 37, and Pfc. Andrew Jacko, 22, both in France.

The Trumbull County Fair closes a four-day run with a record attendance of 75,000.