Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2018. There are 138 days left in the year.


On this date in:

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

1914: The Panama Canal officially opens as the SS Ancon crosses the just-completed waterway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

1935: Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post are killed when their airplane crashes near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory.

1944: During World War II, Allied forces land in southern France in Operation Dragoon.

1945: In a pre-recorded radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announces that his country has accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.

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

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

2008: Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili grudgingly signs a U.S.-backed truce with Russia, even as he denounces the Russians as invading barbarians

2017:President Donald Trump tells reporters that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the disturbances in Charlottesville, Va., and that groups protesting against the white supremacists were “also very violent.”


1993: Trumbull County Schools Superintendent Herbert Thomas announces he will retire from $75,000-per-year job at the end of the year.

Kevin Hartley of Poland, a recent graduate of Miami University of Ohio helped develop a computer program and equipment that allowed Sue Hankins, 40, to “speak” for the first time, typing words onto a keyboard that are then spoken by the computer. “Hi, Mom,” were her first words.

Matt Stover wins the battle of the placekickers as the Cleveland Browns beat the New England Patriots 12-9 in an exhibition game at the Skydome in Toronto. Browns Coach Bill Belichick brought Stover in for the winning field goal after a drive by quarterback Vinnie Testaverde stalled on the 10 yard line.

1978: Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Clyde W. Osborne refuses a request by the Youngstown Law Department that the city’s three television stations be barred from filming civil- service hearings.

As many as 14 Boardman firefighters are overcome by smoke or heat exhaustion while fighting a fire at the Edward T. Gilmartin home on Woodview Avenue.

Liberty Township is the second township in the state to grant civil-service status to employees including police officers. Firefighters asked not to be included.

1968: A 90-room, $2 million hotel to be known as Avalon Inn will be built in Howland Township. It will include a ballroom, banquet room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts.

Wayne Roberts, 15, of Miller Street Southwest, Warren, is in fair condition in Trumbull Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound of the right chest received when a man seated in a car fired at him and several friends.

A sneak thief escapes with six purses from the lunchroom of Valley Fabricators on West Federal Street, but they contained only a total of $10

1943: Three-year-old Jerry Strup of Greenville, Pa., dies after running back into his flaming house to retrieve a toy dog.

Major Frank H. Poehlman of Grove City, Pa., celebrates 30 years in the service with a ceremony at Greenwood (Mass.) Army Air Field.

Twenty-two teachers are needed to fill vacancies in Trumbull County’s rural schools.

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