Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2019. There are 128 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1718: Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans.

1916: President Woodrow Wilson signs an act establishing the National Park Service within the Interior Department.

1921: The United States signs a peace treaty with Germany.

1944: During World War II, Paris is liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

1965: Former baseball player-turned-doctor Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, who’d briefly played in only one major league game (for the New York Giants), dies in Chis-holm, Minn., at age 87.

1967: George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, is shot to death in the parking lot of a shopping center in Arlington, Va.; former party member John Patler is later convicted of the killing.

1980: The Broadway musical “42nd Street” opens. (Producer David Merrick stunned the cast and audience during the curtain call by announcing that the show’s director, Gower Champion, had died earlier that day.)

1981: The U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 comes within 63,000 miles of Saturn’s cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.

1993: Amy Biehl, 26-year-old Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, Calif., is slain by a mob near Cape Town, South Africa. (The four men convicted in Biehl’s death claimed the attack was part of the war on apartheid; they were granted amnesty after confessing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.)

2001: Rhythm-and-blues singer Aaliyah is killed with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas; she was 22.

2004: An Army investigation finds that 27 people attached to an intelligence unit at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad either approved or participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

2009 : Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the U.S. Senate, dies at age 77 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a battle with a brain tumor.

2014: A funeral takes place in St. Louis for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot to death by a police officer in suburban Ferguson on Aug. 9.


1994: Chuck Emmenegger, president of Caparo Inc., which has made a $59 million offer to buy the Sharon Steel Corp. steel plant, says overcoming Sharon’s damaged image presents a challenge.

The Community School Collaborative, a joint venture involving the Youngstown Area Urban League, parents and teachers, with financial support of several businesses, will help minority fifth- and sixth-grade students who are having math problems.

General Motors is phasing out its two-key system that requires one key for the ignition and another to open the car’s doors and trunk.

1979: Hartford Gunn Jr., vice chairman of the board of Public Broadcasting Services, tells 522 Youngstown State University graduates that, “We are experiencing an information explosion that is truly astonishing.” New technologies will require life-long education.

Sharon Steel Corp. plans to sell $50 million worth of debentures to help finance Victor Posner’s stepped up program to buy chunks of other companies’ shares.

Police impound a yellow 1972 Oldsmobile and arrest a 22-year-old Warren Avenue man in the hit-skip accident that killed Clarabell Parker, 57, as she was crossing Market Street on her way home from a church bingo game.

1969: The 123rd Canfield Fair is prepared to open with every inch of exhibition space sold and record crowds expected.

Peter B. Zerbonia, assistant display director of Strouss and president of the Youngstown Wolves Den 6, is elected national president of the Wolves Association.

Five area high school bands –Brookfield, Champion, Howland, Kennedy and Poland – join the Niles band for a show at Riverside Stadium.

1944: Youngstown witnesses one of its most colorful parades ever at the start of the Al Koran Temple’s two-day convention, which will bring 5,000 Shriners to town.

Youngstown beer and liquor permit-holders will close for V-Day, and if the big news comes in the afternoon will remain closed the following day, says Mayor Ralph W. O’Neill.

Clarence J. Strouss, president of the Jewish Federation of Youngstown, announces a new Jewish Community Center will be built on Wick Avenue across from Youngstown College.