Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1777: American forces win the Battle of Bennington in what was considered a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

1812: Detroit falls to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

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

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

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

A judge in New York rules that Renee Richards, a male-to-female transgender, has the right to compete in the U.S. Open without having to pass a sex chromosome test.

2007: Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 31/2 years as an enemy combatant, is convicted in Miami of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks.

2012: Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declares he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the previous decade. President Barack Obama’s campaign shoots back: “Prove it.”


1992: Mahoning County has 25 city, village and township police departments, and while there is talk among some officials of seeking consolidations, no real progress is being made.

Nathan Offerdahl of Cornersburg heads a group called Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice, which seeks to dispel the stereotype that all skinheads are evil and violent.

Bishop James W. Malone and six national educational speakers address 900 teachers, administrators and principals of Catholic school during the Diocese Biennial Catholic Educators Conference Day at the Holiday Inn Metroplex in Liberty.

1977: Warren Safety Service Director Robert Dawson suspends Patrolman John Mandopoulos, president of the Warren Fraternal Order of Police, after a verbal clash between Mandopoulos and Mayor Arthur D. Richards.

Youngstown announces a crackdown of income-tax delinquents in an effort to collect an estimated $50,000 in outstanding payments.

Ohio Gov. James Rhodes is struck on the side of the face with a cream pie thrown by a demonstrator during the opening of the Ohio State Fair. Demonstrators shouted, “Move the gym. Remember Kent State” during his address.

1967: Unless the Legislature approves pension relief for Ohio cities, Youngstown will have to come up with $1.2 million from its 1968 general fund budget for the state-administered police and fire pension fund.

Ohio Bell Telephone Co. will build a 2,400-square-foot addition to its 758 exchange building on Boardman Canfield Road in Boardman to house additional switching equipment for the rapidly growing area.

R. Thornton Beeghly, president of Metal Carbide Corp. and the Standard Slag Co., is elected a director of Union National Bank. He fills a vacancy created by the death of his father.

1942: Youngstown district rainfall is running 20 percent above normal and almost 50 percent above the rate in 1941, but Lake Milton is still 6 feet below the spillway.

Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Spencer of Hubbard have been notified of the safe arrival overseas of their son, Pfc. Ross H. Spencer, a radio technician.

Three victory garden harvest shows sponsored by the Youngstown Garden Forum will climax the summer’s program of food raising and providing funds for Army and Navy emergency relief.

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