Today is Friday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2018. There are 136 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1807: Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat begins heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany.

1915: A mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who’d maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)

1942: During World War II, U.S. 8th Air Force bombers attack German forces in Rouen, France. U.S. Marines raid a Japanese seaplane base on Makin Island.

1969: Hurricane Camille slams into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that is blamed for 256 U.S. deaths, three in Cuba.

1982: The first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Visitors,” are pressed at a Philips factory near Hanover, West Germany.

1983: Lyricist Ira Gershwin dies in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 86.

1996: The Reform Party announces Ross Perot has been selected as its first presidential nominee, opting for the third-party’s founder over challenger Richard Lamm.

2017: A van plows through pedestrians along a packed promenade in the Spanish city of Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring 120.


1993: Youngstown State University submits a $34 million wish list for capital improvements to the Ohio Board of Regents.

A deadlocked vote of 3-3 on Lordstown Village Council means that a proposed 0.5 percent increase in the village income tax will not appear on the November ballot. The issue had been opposed by employees at the General Motors plant.

The Austintown Board of Education unanimously votes to ban paddling in its schools, but leaves intact the right of school personnel to use reasonable and necessary force for self-defense or the protection of people and property.

1978: Labor costs may determine whether Commercial Shearing Inc. will commit substantial resources to expansion in Youngstown or expand elsewhere, Thomas J. Travers, chairman of the board, tells Youngstown Rotary members.

Niles Law Director Mitchell F. Shaker asks the state to conduct a special audit of city finances in response to allegations of serious bookkeeping problems.

Dr. Daniel J. O’Neil, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Communications and Theater at Youngstown State University, is appointed chairman of the department.

1968: Three bandits make off with more than $1,000 after robbing Loblaw’s supermarket manager Raymond May as he was about to make a night deposit at People’s Bank on Raccoon Road.

Pennsylvania State Police raid a hippie colony on a farm outside Meadville, arresting 39 on charges of maintaining a disorderly house and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

John Oliver, 81, plans to ride a balloon 1,000 feet into the sky and then parachute to earth. He is one of the oldest hot balloonists still going aloft.

1943: Youngstown City Council rejects a resolution to sell $19,000 in bonds that would be used to purchase a new ladder truck for the fire department.

Entries have begun to come in for the 97th annual Canfield Fair, indicating a record number of exhibits when the fair opens Sept. 2.

Battalion Chief Frank Lehnerd and his driver were racing to a fire on Edgar Street when they had to stop to extinguish a fire in their car caused by a short circuit.

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