Today is Sunday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2019. There are 135 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1587: Virginia Dare becomes the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)

1862: Dakota Indians begin an uprising in Minnesota (the revolt was crushed by U.S. forces some six weeks later).

1894: Congress establishes the Bureau of Immigration.

1914: President Woodrow Wilson issues his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping Amercia out of World War I.

1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, is ratified as Tennessee becomes the 36th state to approve it.

1963: James Meredith becomes the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., winds to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.

1976: Two U.S. Army officers are killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attack U.S. and South Korean soldiers.

1983: Hurricane Alicia slams into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage.

1993: A judge in Sarasota, Fla., rules that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never again see her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, as per her stated wishes. (However, Kimberly later moved in with the Twiggs.)


1994: Developers of the Grove City Factory Shops, which will open in a few days, say they will complement, not hurt, area shopping malls.

One of two winning tickets for the $30 million Super Lotto jackpot was sold at Quinn’s Johns-ton Market in Johnston Township, northern Trumbull County. The winning numbers were 4, 6, 22, 28, 33 and 44.

Youngstown State University is mailing letters to 4,000 new students assuring them that the campus is safe, countering a study that was released saying YSU is the most dangerous campus in Ohio. YSU is not the only college that has criticized the study for using crime statistics for the entire city or county, not just for the campus.

1979: Sesame Street characters, who will be appearing at the Canfield Fair, make guest appearances at the Eastwood Mall, Youngstown Hospital Association, St. Elizabeth Hospital and Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.

Youngstown State University opens a Walnut Street exit and entrance to the Wick Avenue Parking Deck to help relieve traffic congestion on Wick.

Advertisement: “It’s Back!” Playing at the Southside Drive-In, Howland Drive-In, Austintown Plaza and Movie World: “Star Wars,” starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

1969: Two simultaneous early morning fires, one a two-alarm blaze, keep 11 Youngstown Fire Department trucks busy. The first fire was at the home of John Pompoco on Maryland Avenue, the second at the office building and warehouse of I.A. Barnett Co.

Water pressure is low throughout Austintown after a break in the 24-inch main that serves the township.

Jeneen Sheban will represent the Midwest American Lebanese-Syrian Federation at the organization’s convention in Las Vegas.

1944: Sheriff Ralph E. Elser and 15 deputies batter their way through doors and glass to raid five houses of ill repute on East Boardman and West Front streets. Ten arrests are made.

L.A Beeghly, president of the Chamber of Commerce, calls for Youngstown groups to plan an orderly observance of V-Day when it comes.

“We are sitting side-by-side on a road in France while we write this,” thus Mrs. Ora Vaughn of Newell, W. Va., learned that her son, Pfc. Raymond Vaughn had found her other son, Pvt. Robert Vaughn. Robert had been captured on D-Day, but was left behind during a hasty German retreat.

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