Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2019. There are 139 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1900: International forces, including U.S. Marines, enter Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which is aimed at purging China of foreign influence.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounces aggression.

1945: President Harry S. Truman announces that Imperial Japan has surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

1969: British troops enter Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

1973: U.S. bombing of Cambodia ends.

1997: An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh is formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

2003: A huge blackout hits the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lose power.

2008: President George W. Bush signs consumer-safety legislation that bans lead from children’s toys, imposing the toughest standard in the world.

2017: Under pressure from right and left, President Donald Trump condemns white supremacist groups by name, declaring them to be “repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans.”


1994: A suspected tornado damages several mobile homes in the Brookfield Acres Trailer Park, but there are no injuries.

Nearly 200 bicyclists turn out for the New Waterford Lion’s Club fifth annual Ride for Sight bike race that covers 28 miles in eastern Columbiana County.

Vindicator fishing columnist Jack Wollitz writes that “catch and release” is becoming increasingly necessary as people outnumber game fish, and bass, walleye trout and muskie are in danger of being decimated.

1979: A 2-year-old Oregon, Ohio, boy is killed and four people injured – including Phyllis Mayla, 32, and her daughter, Raquel, 10, of Hubbard – when a car crashes through a fence at Sea World in Aurora.

More than 60 people, led by the Rev. Andrew Cook, voice support for efforts to desegregate Warren city schools.

Boots Bell spins your oldies but goodies favorites every Wednesday at Somebody’s, 1601 Raccoon Road, Austintown. Dress code enforced.

1969: Bandits fail in attempts to rob two food stores on Hillman Street. At the Kirshenbaum Food Store, Esther Kirshenbaum threatened to throw a pie in the robber’s face. At Bryson’s Market, Thomas Mullally slammed shut the cash register and declared that he didn’t believe the robber’s gun was real.

Wayne S. Sharp, 19, a graduate of Wilson High School, dies in St. Vincent Charity Hospital of injuries he suffered when he was struck in the head with a baseball bat by a would-be robber.

The Rev. Martin Matulik, McDonald native and pastor of our Lady of Lourdes Church in East Palestine, will go to Venice, Calif., to conduct the funeral of longtime friend William Lennon, slain father of the singing Lennon sisters.

1944: Six Youngstown district men are serving in the pioneer P-51 Mustang group: Cpl. Bernard Burrows, S/Sgt. Robert D. Haagen, Sgt. Gene K. Henderson, Sgt. John C. Mott, Sgt. Albert H. Anderson and Sgt. Howard W. Lawrence.

Two local doctors are prisoners of war in the Philippines. Capt. Walter F. Bartz and Capt. Nathan D. Belinky, have been held for two years, and their families have not heard from them for five months.

Scholastic football comes back into the local sports picture Aug. 21 when the official fall training season opens for all Youngstown teams.