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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2005. There are 137 days left in the year. On this date



Published: Tue, August 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2005. There are 137 days left in the year. On this date in 1977, Elvis Presley dies at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

In 1777, American forces win the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt. In 1812, Detroit falls to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812. In 1829, the original "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, arrive in Boston to be exhibited to the Western world. In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable. In 1861, President Lincoln prohibits the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy. In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth dies in New York at age 53.

August 16, 1980: An expedition aboard the research vessel H.J.W. Fay 380 miles off the coast of Newfoundland believes it has located the wreck of the luxury liner Titanic and is sending television cameras to the ocean bottom to give the world its first view of the ship in 68 years.

The Youngstown area sends 15 delegates to the 37th annual National Junior Achievers Conference in Bloomington, Ind.

Ohio collected 6 percent less in net revenue from the motor vehicle fuel tax in fiscal 1980 than it did the previous year -- $391.8 million.

August 16, 1965: Youngstown police break up a disturbance after Herman Spahr, a law enforcement expert employed by the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, is attacked by a mob after shooting and wounding a man who was beating his wife in E. Federal St. Spahr told police he was attempting to stop the domestic dispute when he became involved in a struggle and his gun discharged.

Youngstown district residents sweltering in temperatures that reached 94 degrees are jamming the city's parks and swimming pools seeking relief.

Andy Kosco, a former scholastic star for the Struthers Wildcats, is added to the roster of the Minnesota Twins and gets his first major league hit, a home run against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland.

August 16, 1955: Separate suits filed in Mahoning and Trumbull counties seeking to block construction of a $6 million Mahoning Valley Sanitary District pipeline are dismissed. One of the suits was filed by the city of Niles, which is concerned that it will be called upon to cover a disproportionate share of the cost.

The number of district polio cases treated in Youngstown hospitals reaches 50, compared to 16 for the corresponding year-long period of 1954.

The Ohio State Safety Council names Youngstown as the safest city in the state in its population group. City officials are presented a plaque on Adelaide Snyder's television show on WFMJ-TV.

August 16, 1930: A former employee of a packing company in Youngstown is arrested in connection with two West Commerce St. fires that caused damage estimated as high as $300,000. He tells police he set the fires so that another packing company plant worker would be able to go on vacation.

A total of 5,955 persons are "out of work, able to work and looking for a job," in Mahoning County based on census information collected in April.

Columbus police are questioning two inmates in their continuing investigation of a fire at the Ohio Penitentiary that killed 320 prisoners in April. They believe the fire may have been part of a prison break plot.




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