Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2014. There are 137 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: American forces win the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

1858: A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

1861: President Abraham Lincoln issues Proclamation 86, which prohibits the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with states in rebellion, namely, the Confederacy.

1948: Baseball legend Babe Ruth dies in New York at age 53.

1954: Sports Illustrated is first published by Time Inc.

1956: Adlai E. Stevenson is nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1960: Britain cedes control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

1962: The Beatles fire their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.

1977: Elvis Presley dies at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

1987: Some 156 people are killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes while trying to take off from Detroit.

1999: The U.S. version of the quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” hosted by Regis Philbin, begins a limited two-week run on ABC.

2013: In a spacewalk lasting seven hours and 29 minutes, Russian cosmonauts rig cable outside the International Space Station for a new lab that is due to arrive in a few months.


1989: Mahoning County Prosecutor James Philomena orders Struthers police to investigate the possibility that a man serving a life sentence for a 1988 rape did not commit the crime. Youngstown police have arrested another man in a rape with similar characteristics.

Records show a Struthers city councilman rented from a Boardman company six tables that were confiscated by the Struthers fire department, along with 118 cases of illegal fireworks, at an East Midlothian Boulevard building before the Fourth of July.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky of Boardman breaks his arm while pitching in his second game after coming back from cancer surgery.

1974: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt lashes out at Sheriff Ray T. Davis for failing to assure the safety of prisoners and says he will ask for a grand-jury investigation into allegations of sexual activity at the county jail.

Canfield Citizens to Uphold Charter Government file petitions for the recall of Mayor Jack Eversman and councilmen Ridge Shannon and Edward Ort.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney of Youngs-town calls for an immediate cutoff of all aid to Turkey in reaction to the invasion of Cypress.

1964: The bludgeoned body of Joseph Sharp, 82, is found in the cellar of his locked home at 929 Rose Place on Youngstown’s East Side.

Youngstown University trustees wear new cardinal red robes at the first summer commencement in the institution’s 42-year history.

The Rev. John J. Wright, bishop of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, dedicates the new Magnificat Chapel at the Villa Maria Motherhouse.

1939: The bulk of Mahoning County’s 5,137 WPA workers will have their wages cut by $2.60 to $7.80 a month in September.

Mrs. Fred Orr, chairman of the Mahoning Chapter of the Red Cross, says President Roosevelt’s change of Thanksgiving day from Nov. 2 to Nov. 30 will not affect the Red Cross annual roll call, which will still be held from Nov. 11 through Nov. 30.

New Castle’s 32nd Old Timers Day is held at Cascade Park, with couples observing their 50th wedding anniversaries given special recognition.

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.