Today is Monday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2019. There are 127 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1883: The island volcano Krakatoa begins cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day.
1910: Thomas Edison demonstrates for reporters an improved version of his Kinetophone, a device for showing a movie with synchronized sound.
1920: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, is certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.
1944: French Gen. Charles de Gaulle braves the threat of German snipers as he leads a victory march in Paris, which has just been liberated by the Allies from Nazi occupation.
1957: The Soviet Union announces it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
1958: Alaskans go to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
1968: The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago; the four-day event that resulted in the nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey for president is marked by a bloody police crackdown on antiwar protesters in the streets.
1974: Charles Lindbergh – the first man to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic – dies at his home in Hawaii at age 72.
2017: Hurricane Harvey spins into Texas, unloading extraordinary amounts of rain. (The hurricane killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.)
1994: State and Mahoning County officials and a consulting firm are recommending a $16 million, four-lane replacement for the Center Street Bridge.
Society National Bank launches a savings program for young clients that offers a model dinosaur to every child who opens a $10 account and up to 20 different models when subsequent deposits are made.
U.S. Appellate Judge Nathaniel Jones, who is active in the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, accepts an invitation from Mayor Patrick Ungaro to come to Youngstown to explain how the collaborative works.
1979: Youngstown State University budgets $38.9 million for operations in the 1979-80 fiscal year, a jump of $3.1 million (8.8 percent) over the year just completed.
Only 26 of the 115 full-time Comprehensive Employment and Training Act workers in Warren have been assured of continued employment with the city when the federal government layoffs become effective Sept. 30.
C.W. Swank, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, says that gasohol, which will contain 10 percent grain alcohol, will be made available to area farmers through Landmark cooperative outlets in Cortland and Canfield.
1969: General Motors officials say that by 1995 the Lordstown plant will employ 10,000, which will make it the Mahoning Valley’s largest single employer.
The Youngstown Transit Co. says bus service will be dropped on Sundays and holidays and evening hours will be scaled back.
Mahoning County schools puts into service a 60-foot trailer equipped with 16 driver-simulation stations, which will test students’ reaction time and judgment to audio-visual situations.
1944: An auction that saw three pairs of nylons fetch $5,000 and a razor, $2,000, raises $575,000 from Al Koran Shrine conventioneers in Youngstown for war bonds. The goal was $500,000, enough to “buy a bomber.”
Three sons of Mrs. Nannie Little Lee of Forest Avenue and four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zitello of Salt Spring Road are serving in the armed forces.
Repaving of South State Street from Trumbull Hill to the Girard city limits will be delayed until spring.