Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2017. There are 138 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1057: Macbeth, King of Scots, is killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.

1483: The Sistine Chapel is consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV.

1812: The Battle of Fort Dearborn takes place as Potawatomi warriors attack a U.S. military garrison of about 100 people.

1914: The Panama Canal officially opens.

1939: The MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz” opens in Hollywood.

1947: India becomes independent after some 200 years of British rule.

1965: The Beatles play to a crowd of more than 55,000 at New York’s Shea Stadium.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in upstate New York.

1974: A gunman tries to shoot South Korean President Park Chung-hee during a speech. Although Park was unhurt, his wife, Yuk Young-soo, was struck and killed, as was a teen girl.

2016: During a speech at Youngstown State University, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump calls for “extreme” ideological vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the United States. He vows to significantly overhaul the country’s screening process and block those who sympathized with extremist groups or didn’t embrace American values.


1992: Michael I. Monus resigns from the Youngstown State University board of trustees.

The Golden Knights parachute team performs at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s annual air show.

Niles city officials are reviewing bids for construction of a 121-foot water tower off Deer Trail. The state will provide $440,000 toward the project.

Two Nemenz Foodland stores in Columbiana County will be sold, either to Giant Eagle of Pittsburgh or Watterau Inc., Foodland’s distributor.

1977: Trumbull County commissioners are standing firm on their imposition of a requirement that gas-well operators post a $100,000 bond before drilling in the county.

Four novices of the Ursuline Community make their first commitment vows during a mass at the Motherhouse; Sisters Judy Venglarik, Mary McCormick, Mary Ann McCloskey and Jody Allar.

The castle-like Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie near Put-In-Bay is reopened after two years during which it was sold at auction three times.

1967: Dr. John N. McCann, prominent Youngstown physician, is elected the first chairman of the board of trustees of Youngstown State University. Robert E. Williams, president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., is vice chairman.

Atty. Henry P. Beckenbach, former Youngstown Municipal Court judge and former Mahoning County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court judge, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Youngstown’s Soap Box Derby champion, Gerard Bogdon of Struthers, leaves for Akron and the All-American Soap Box Derby.

1942: Police Chief Andrew Przelomski names former chief John W. Turnbull to work with the FBI on local cases.

The tin-can salvage committee will open two downtown theaters to children for full movie programs. The price of admission will be at least 12 prepared tin cans.

A War Labor Board panel, in a 2-1 vote with the employer representative dissenting, recommends a 5-cent-an-hour pay increase, a union shop and other concessions for 225,000 General Motors employees.

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