Today is Sunday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2004. There are 138 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, "V-J Day" is proclaimed by the Allies, a day after Japan agrees to surrender



Today is Sunday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2004. There are 138 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, "V-J Day" is proclaimed by the Allies, a day after Japan agrees to surrender unconditionally.
In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte is born on the island of Corsica. In 1914, the Panama Canal opens to traffic. In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post are killed when their airplane crashes near Point Barrow, Alaska. In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces land in southern France. In 1947, India becomes independent after some 200 years of British rule. In 1948, the Republic of Korea is proclaimed. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in upstate New York. In 1971, President Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. In 1974, South Korean President Park Chung-hee escapes an assassination attempt in which his wife is killed. In 1998, 29 people are killed by a car bomb that tears apart the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claims responsibility. In 1999, President Clinton and his family go house-hunting in Westchester County, N.Y. and Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship, becoming the youngest player to win two majors since Seve Ballesteros. In 2003, bouncing back from the largest blackout in U.S. history, cities from the Midwest to Manhattan restore power to millions of people -- only to confront a second series of woes created in the aftermath of the enormous outage.
August 15, 1979: A meeting between Ohio Edison Co. officials and representatives of 26 townships fighting for equalization of rates between cities and unincorporated areas fails to result in an agreement. A hearing on the issue will be held later in the month in Columbus.
Some of the 280 Youngstown employees hired under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act are making a last-ditch effort to save their jobs, which are slated to expire at the end of September. Mayor J. Phillip Richley says the city will be able to absorb only 40 to 50 of the jobs.
The Soviet Union sends Syria 60 of its T-72 tanks, machines that have been rated by U.S. Army officials as clearly superior to the American M-60 tanks supplied to Israel.
August 15, 1964: Signs directing motorists to Columbiana County's six remaining covered bridges are being erected by the county highway department. Three of the old spans are on Trinity Church Road, two are near the Center-Salem township line and the sixth is in Elkrun. All are within five miles of Lisbon.
Eight Youngstown district projects totaling $44 million are included in the $4 billion Public Works bill that has been sent to the White House for the president's signature.
The Army announces that it will need 6,600 draftees in October, a 400 increase over the draft call for September. The smallest quota in the last year was 3,300 in August; the highest was 16,000 in January.
"You must decide between a life of security and a life of searching for challenge and change," Dr. Willis C. Smith, superintendent of Mahoning County Schools, tells graduates of Youngstown University during commencement exercises at Stambaugh Auditorium.
August 15, 1954: Folks are buying many aluminum products -- storm doors and windows, TV antennas, home siding and step ladders -- bringing a renewed boom to the Mahoning Valley, which has become known as the "aluminum capital" since World War II. At last count, there were 64 aluminum-working companies in the area.
Advertisement: "The Automatics are here ..." AMF automatic pinsetters are in operation at Mah-hill Bowling Center, 3600 Market St., for around-the-clock bowling. Afternoon and late-evening leagues are invited.
Paving of the first 5.1-mile section of the Ohio Turnpike at the Ohio-Pennsylvania line has been completed by the Harrison Construction Co. of Pittsburgh. The 241-mile superhighway has been divided into 62 construction sections, five of which are in Mahoning County.
Portuguese troops receive blessings from Roman Catholic priests before the tomb of St. Francis Xavier at Nova Goa before taking up stations to guard the colonial territory against a threatened "liberation march" from India.
August 15, 1929: Ohio State University professor James H. Snook is sentenced to death in the electric chair after being found guilty in the murder of Theora Hix, a young medical student at the university, who was his mistress for three years.
The mercury drops to an average of 56.7 degrees, the lowest day-long average recorded on an Aug. 15 since the Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co. began keeping records. The single lowest reading for the day was 53 degrees, at 5, 6 and 7 a.m.
Youngstown is one of 112 cities nationwide slated to get a powerful new radio station under a proposal submitted to the Federal Radio Commission by Universal Wireless Communications Co.
A carbunkle on the neck of M.R. Lewis, president of the Bay Ridge Savings Bank in Brooklyn, sent Lewis to the hospital, which brought a rumor of his death, and before depositors could be reassured, there was a $2 million run on the bank.
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